Gov. Steve Beshear http://wkms.org en Beshear Announces New Ky. Auto Industry Group http://wkms.org/post/beshear-announces-new-ky-auto-industry-group <p>Kentucky Gov. Steve&nbsp;Beshear&nbsp;has announced the creation of a new group to promote and expand the auto industry in the state.</p><p>The 12-member Kentucky Auto Industry Association will be chaired by the Secretary of the Economic Development Cabinet, Larry Hayes. The panel will be made up of industry representatives and public officials.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:09:27 +0000 Dan Conti (KPR) 39751 at http://wkms.org Beshear Announces New Ky. Auto Industry Group Gov. Beshear Explains Decision to Appeal Same-sex Marriage Ruling http://wkms.org/post/gov-beshear-explains-decision-appeal-same-sex-marriage-ruling <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says his appeal of a judge's order to recognize same-sex marriages is meant to clarify the law.</span></p><p>Beshear acknowledges that marriage equality supporters are disappointed with his decision to mount an appeal, even though Attorney General Jack Conway has opted not to.</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:13:48 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39085 at http://wkms.org Gov. Beshear Explains Decision to Appeal Same-sex Marriage Ruling Conway Defends Same-Sex Marriage Decision http://wkms.org/post/conway-defends-same-sex-marriage-decision <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month, U.S. District Court Judge John </span>Heyburn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, effectively allowing out-of-state same-sex marriages to be recognized in Kentucky.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an emotional press conference yesterday, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced that his office would not appeal </span>Heyburn’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> decision, saying that to do so would be to “defend discrimination.”</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:42:09 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39058 at http://wkms.org Conway Defends Same-Sex Marriage Decision 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 Beshear Tight-Lipped on Tax Reform Specifics http://wkms.org/post/beshear-tight-lipped-tax-reform-specifics <p>Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear isn’t spilling any secrets about the tax reform proposal he plans to unveil Tuesday.</p><p>Beshear won't say whether he wants to raise taxes, or whether his plan will be revenue neutral. And with the session of the General Assembly a third of the way over, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are skeptical there’s enough time to get tax reform passed. But Beshear doesn’t seem to think so.</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:28:35 +0000 Jonathan Meador 38460 at http://wkms.org Beshear Tight-Lipped on Tax Reform Specifics Kynect Enrollment Tops 200,000 http://wkms.org/post/kynect-enrollment-tops-200000 <p>Kentucky’s health insurance exchange, Kynect, has topped 200,000 enrollees, according to the Governor’s Office.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:04:30 +0000 Jonathan Meador 38457 at http://wkms.org Kynect Enrollment Tops 200,000 Kentucky Legislators' Wait Almost Over for Governor's Tax Reform Details http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-legislators-wait-almost-over-governors-tax-reform-details <p></p><p>Leaders from both the Kentucky House and Senate are scheduled to meet with Gov. Steve Beshear <span data-term="goog_1746695729" tabindex="0">Monday</span> to talk tax reform.&nbsp;</p><p>Lawmakers have been waiting on details of a proposal. Beshear promised weeks ago he would come forward with a legislative proposal to reform taxes.&nbsp; But, the particulars of how to change the state’s tax structure will likely be revealed in Monday's meeting.&nbsp; Mon, 03 Feb 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 38423 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Legislators' Wait Almost Over for Governor's Tax Reform Details Western Kentucky Legislators Respond to Beshear's State of the Commonwealth Address http://wkms.org/post/western-kentucky-legislators-respond-beshears-state-commonwealth-address <p>Gov. Steve Beshear's State of the Commonwealth address focused on reinvesting in education and tax reform in addition to praising Kentucky's state health exchange, kynect. Below are responses to that address from both Republican and Democratic legislators who responded to calls.</p><p><strong>REPUBLICANS</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislator/h009.htm">Rep</a><a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislator/h009.htm">. Myron Dossett</a> took issue with Beshear's praise of kynect, saying the state health exchange had added many people to Medicaid rolls that the commonwealth is already struggling to pay. He is also concerned with expanding gambling.</p><p>Dossett was pleased to hear discussion about tax reform, but he wants a straight sales tax that would eliminate the state income tax.</p><p><a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislator/h004.htm"> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:41:16 +0000 Whitney Jones 37892 at http://wkms.org Western Kentucky Legislators Respond to Beshear's State of the Commonwealth Address Beshear Says Education Is Top Priority for Session http://wkms.org/post/beshear-says-education-top-priority-session <p>Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he wants to pump more money into education and is willing to make budget cuts elsewhere to free up the money.</p><p>Beshear talked to reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday about his priorities for the upcoming legislative session. The governor says education is his top priority and that the state risks losing its progress in education unless it reinvests money in schools.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:09:01 +0000 The Associated Press 37416 at http://wkms.org Beshear Says Education Is Top Priority for Session Beshear To Comply With Obama Healthcare Directive http://wkms.org/post/beshear-comply-obama-healthcare-directive <p></p><p>Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has directed the Kentucky Department of Insurance to comply with President Barack Obama's directive yesterday that could allow some 280,000 Kentuckians to keep their current insurance policies, at least for another year.</p><p>Beshear says the decision ultimately will be left to insurance companies, many of which have already invested much time and money into developing coverage plans that meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:29:30 +0000 The Associated Press 36603 at http://wkms.org Beshear To Comply With Obama Healthcare Directive