Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear http://wkms.org en Beshear Cuts Budget to Balance $90.9-Million Kentucky Budget Shortfall http://wkms.org/post/beshear-cuts-budget-balance-909-million-kentucky-budget-shortfall <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="Gov. Steve Beshear in 2013" data-attribution="Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201303/DSC_2798.JPG" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:29:42 +0000 Jonathan Meador 42179 at http://wkms.org Beshear Cuts Budget to Balance $90.9-Million Kentucky Budget Shortfall Beshear Says EPA Coal Emission Standards Provide ‘Flexibility’ http://wkms.org/post/beshear-says-epa-coal-emission-standards-provide-flexibility <p>Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says proposed federal regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants provide the state with some “flexibility” in meeting government targets.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency announced this month that the nation must reduce carbon emissions created by burning coal by 30 percent.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:20:13 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41342 at http://wkms.org Beshear Says EPA Coal Emission Standards Provide ‘Flexibility’ Lawmakers Consider Governor Beshear's Budget Proposal http://wkms.org/post/lawmakers-consider-governor-beshears-budget-proposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky state lawmakers have begun reviewing Governor Steve </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beshear’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> $20 billion budget proposal.</span></p><p>State Budget Director Jane Driskell briefed lawmakers on the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Tuesday on aspects of the budget. It includes a 5% cut for most state agencies, and includes the state's highest ever ratio of money being borrowed to money coming in.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:22:54 +0000 Jonathan Meador 38334 at http://wkms.org Lawmakers Consider Governor Beshear's Budget Proposal Whistleblower on Ky Pensions "I Think We're Going to Be 'The Walking Dead' for a Long Time" http://wkms.org/post/whistleblower-ky-pensions-i-think-were-going-be-walking-dead-long-time <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">AMC’s hit zombie-apocalypse-drama ‘The Walking Dead’ is a story about a shambling mass of the undead that brings civilization to its knees. Chris&nbsp;</span>Tobe,&nbsp;​<span style="line-height: 1.5;">a former trustee of the Kentucky Retirement Systems turned whistleblower,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">says the show is an apt metaphor for what will happen if &nbsp;lawmakers don't get serious about funding pensions.&nbsp;</span></p><blockquote><p>“I think we’re going to be The Walking Dead for a long time" said&nbsp;Tobe. "We’re all&nbsp;gonna&nbsp;keep saying, ‘oh, we’re just fine,’ and we’re&nbsp;gonna&nbsp;be ‘The Walking Dead’ for a long, long time.</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:13:14 +0000 Jonathan Meador 38235 at http://wkms.org Whistleblower on Ky Pensions "I Think We're Going to Be 'The Walking Dead' for a Long Time" Stumbo: Fully Funding 2015 Spending Priorities Could Exceed $800 Million http://wkms.org/post/stumbo-fully-funding-2015-spending-priorities-could-exceed-800-million <p>Kentucky’s budget priorities for 2015 could require nearly $1 billion in revenue that the state&nbsp;doesn’t have. House Speaker Greg Stumbo told a group of business leaders earlier this month that the cost of&nbsp;funding priority issues like education, public employee raises and more could total an estimated $800 million.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>"It would probably be more of a number like seven to eight-hundred million, some would argue larger than that," says Stumbo. "It just depends upon how big a bite of the apple you want to take, but I don't think we can do that."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Stumbo</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says that</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> it’s unlikely the state will have that money until Kentucky fully recovers from the 2008 recession. But, it’s coming.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:43:33 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37565 at http://wkms.org Stumbo: Fully Funding 2015 Spending Priorities Could Exceed $800 Million Governor Steve Beshear: Federal Budget Deal Kicks 'Can Down the Road' http://wkms.org/post/governor-steve-beshear-warns-kentuckians-and-congress-why-federal-shutdown-should-not-happen <span style="line-height: 1.5;">FRANKFORT &#8212; Kentucky </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:10:03 +0000 Devin Katayama 35773 at http://wkms.org Governor Steve Beshear: Federal Budget Deal Kicks 'Can Down the Road' In New York Times Op-Ed, Governor Steve Beshear Says Kentucky Needs Obamacare http://wkms.org/post/new-york-times-op-ed-governor-steve-beshear-says-kentucky-needs-obamacare In a robust defense of Obamacare, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the state&#39;s health care needs come before the divisive partisan politics to defund the law in Washington.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Democratic Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/201206/GovBeshear_5x7.jpeg" alt="" /><p>The op-ed in The New York Times on Friday continues Beshear&#39;s arguments in favor of the law, which is set to be implemented beginning Oct. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:22:58 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 35249 at http://wkms.org In New York Times Op-Ed, Governor Steve Beshear Says Kentucky Needs Obamacare Three Fort Campbell Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan http://wkms.org/post/three-fort-campbell-soldiers-killed-afghanistan <p> <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Three Fort Campbell soldiers have died in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Department of Defense says 26 year old Staff </span>Sgt<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span>Octavio<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Herrera, 22 year old </span>Sgt<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span>Jamar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Hicks and 26 year-old </span>Spc.<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Keith Grace of the </span>101st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Airborne's </span>4th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Brigade Combat team died&nbsp;Sunday when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:40:11 +0000 Rob Canning 33954 at http://wkms.org Three Fort Campbell Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Group Cites Coal Influence While Naming Steve Beshear Among 'Worst Governors' http://wkms.org/post/group-cites-coal-influence-while-naming-steve-beshear-among-worst-governors A national watchdog group has named Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear&#160;one of its "<a href="http://www.citizensforethics.org/worst-governors-in-america" target="_blank">Worst Governors in America."</a><p><a href="http://www.citizensforethics.org/" target="_blank">Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) </a>released the list today. Beshear's inclusion is based on <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/state-settles-former-mine-permit-director-over-wrongful-termination-suit" target="_blank">the firing of Division of Mine Permits Director Ron Mills in 2009</a>, and what the group calls the "improper influence" of the coal industry on Beshear's official appointments. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:44:28 +0000 Erica Peterson 33149 at http://wkms.org Group Cites Coal Influence While Naming Steve Beshear Among 'Worst Governors' Beshear Open to Dialogue On Nuclear Power http://wkms.org/post/beshear-open-dialogue-nuclear-power <p>Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he supports a dialogue on the construction of nuclear power plants in Kentucky. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:30:53 +0000 Dan Conti (KPR) 33072 at http://wkms.org Beshear Open to Dialogue On Nuclear Power