Governor Beshear http://wkms.org en Beshear Appoints Heather French Henry to Head Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs http://wkms.org/post/beshear-appoints-heather-french-henry-head-kentucky-department-veterans-affairs <p>Former Miss America Heather French Henry is Governor Steve Beshear’s choice to head the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. &nbsp;</p><p>Beshear announced the appointment today saying it's&nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: normal;">part of his ongoing commitment to help Kentucky veterans and their families.</span></p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:38:58 +0000 Rob Canning 40951 at http://wkms.org Beshear Appoints Heather French Henry to Head Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Beshear's Tax Reform Proposal in House Budget Committee Today, A Behind-The-Scenes Look http://wkms.org/post/beshears-tax-reform-proposal-house-budget-committee-today-behind-scenes-look <p>Lt. Gov Jerry Abramson presented a draft of Governor Steve Beshear's&nbsp;proposed tax code changes to the House budget committee today, which was first announced by Beshear last week. The changes, if fully implemented, could raise an estimated<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;$210 million annually by expanding the 6% sales tax to select services, an increased tax on cigarettes from 60 cents to $1 dollar per pack, and reducing tax breaks on pensions for people earning more than $80,000. On <em>Sounds Good</em>, Kate speaks with</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;policy analyst and member of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Committee on tax reform, Jason Bailey about the events of the day.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:33:33 +0000 Kate Lochte 38630 at http://wkms.org Beshear's Tax Reform Proposal in House Budget Committee Today, A Behind-The-Scenes Look Governor Beshear Names Bob Stewart Kentucky Secretary of Tourism http://wkms.org/post/governor-beshear-names-bob-stewart-kentucky-secretary-tourism <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Governor Steve Beshear has named a longtime tourism veteran to oversee the part of his cabinet dealing with travel and the arts.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bob Stewart is a familiar face in state government, having worked for 11 years as commissioner of travel from 1992 to 2003.</span></p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 19:55:01 +0000 Rob Canning 31719 at http://wkms.org Governor Beshear Names Bob Stewart Kentucky Secretary of Tourism Kentucky's Insurance Exchange Is Named, 'Similiar to Travelocity or Expedia' Experience http://wkms.org/post/kentuckys-insurance-exchange-named-similiar-travelocity-or-expedia-experience <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;Kentucky's new exchange for people on the market for healthcare now has a name and &nbsp;a website.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">It'll be called Kynect—pronounced "connect." People can access it at&nbsp;<a href="http://kynect.ky.gov/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">kynect.ky.gov</a>. A phone line will be running in August.</p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 18:24:36 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 31654 at http://wkms.org Kentucky's Insurance Exchange Is Named, 'Similiar to Travelocity or Expedia' Experience Dropout Bill Signed into Law http://wkms.org/post/dropout-bill-signed-law <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">After five years of advocacy, supporters of raising Kentucky's dropout age to 18 celebrated Monday as Gov. Steve Beshear signed the bill into law.</p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:14:34 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 29433 at http://wkms.org Dropout Bill Signed into Law Gov. Beshear Calls Sequester "Very Damaging" http://wkms.org/post/gov-beshear-calls-sequester-very-damaging <p>Governor Steve Beshear has some harsh words for his congressional colleagues’ handling of sequestration in Washington, D.C. As the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration go into effect, Congress’ approval rating hovers at close to 15 percent. At a press conference Friday in Lexington, the governor made it clear where he stands. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 22:33:14 +0000 Josh James (KPR) 28780 at http://wkms.org Gov. Beshear Calls Sequester "Very Damaging" Kentucky Tops Education Magazine's Rankings http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-tops-education-magazines-rankings <p></p><p style="margin-bottom:0in"><font size="3">Kentucky has made the top ten in <em>Education Week</em> magazine's annual rankings of school policy and standards. </font> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:02:19 +0000 Rae Hodge 26660 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Tops Education Magazine's Rankings Denton Files Two Bills To Place Affordable Care Act Decisions in Lawmakers' Hands http://wkms.org/post/denton-files-two-bills-place-affordable-care-act-decisions-lawmakers-hands <p></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">State Sen. Julie Denton has filed two bills that would put control of implementation of the Affordable Care Act into lawmakers’ hands. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:12:36 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 26607 at http://wkms.org Denton Files Two Bills To Place Affordable Care Act Decisions in Lawmakers' Hands KY Lawmakers Prepare for Start of Legislative Session http://wkms.org/post/ky-lawmakers-prepare-start-legislative-session <p></p><p>Kentucky lawmakers start their legislative session today where they're expected to consider tax reforms and search for ways to shore up the financially troubled pension system for government retirees. A task force appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear has recommended a series of changes to the state tax code that could generate more than $600 million in additional revenue. A separate legislative task force has recommended pumping more money into the pension system, which has a $33 billion unfunded liability. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:20:44 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 26508 at http://wkms.org KY Lawmakers Prepare for Start of Legislative Session Beshear's State of State Address Set for Feb. 6 http://wkms.org/post/beshears-state-state-address-set-feb-6 <p></p><p>Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will deliver his State of the Commonwealth address Feb. 6.&nbsp; Spokeswoman Kerri Richardson announced the date last week for the annual speech to a joint session of the Legislature. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 13:12:23 +0000 Todd Hatton & The Associated Press 26454 at http://wkms.org Beshear's State of State Address Set for Feb. 6