Gov. Steve Beshear http://wkms.org en Alltech Expanding to Pikeville with $24M Investment http://wkms.org/post/alltech-expanding-pikeville-24m-investment <p>State officials have announced a new economic development project that ties in with efforts to reinvigorate eastern Kentucky’s economy in the face of declining coal jobs.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:59:32 +0000 Jonathan Meador 42268 at http://wkms.org Alltech Expanding to Pikeville with $24M Investment Kentucky's $91 Million Shortfall Explained http://wkms.org/post/kentuckys-91-million-shortfall-explained <p><strong>Update:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://wkms.org/post/beshear-cuts-budget-balance-909-million-kentucky-budget-shortfall">Beshear Cuts Budget to Balance $90.9-Million Kentucky Budget Shortfall</a></p><p>Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed a budget reduction order Wednesday, announcing that there would be a $21 million dollar transfer from reserves bringing the state's rainy day fund to $77 million. Murray State Distinguished Professor of Economics Dr. Jim McCoy serves on the Kentucky Consensus Forecast Group. He puts in perspective &nbsp;the origins, anomalies, and implications of the Commonwealth's $91 million shortfall during<em> Sounds Good</em>.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:50:02 +0000 Kate Lochte & Matt Markgraf 42166 at http://wkms.org Kentucky's $91 Million Shortfall Explained Federal Highway Trust Fund Insolvency Threatens $185 Million in Kentucky Projects http://wkms.org/post/federal-highway-trust-fund-insolvency-threatens-185-million-kentucky-projects <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;">Congressional inaction threatening the solvency of the Federal Highway Trust Fund may cost Kentucky $185 million for projects, drastically changing how the state pays for road construction, Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:35:13 +0000 Jonathan Meador 41771 at http://wkms.org Federal Highway Trust Fund Insolvency Threatens $185 Million in Kentucky Projects Kentucky Automotive Industry Assoc. Names First Executive Director http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-automotive-industry-assoc-names-first-executive-director <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new group formed to advance the Commonwealth’s auto industry has named its first executive director.</span></p><p>Dave Tatman, a former general manager at the General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, will lead the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:52:11 +0000 John Null 41728 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Automotive Industry Assoc. Names First Executive Director Beshear Argues Same Sex Marriage Would Be an Economic Drag on Kentucky http://wkms.org/post/beshear-argues-same-sex-marriage-would-be-economic-drag-kentucky <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a brief filed in court, Kentucky </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says same sex marriage would hurt the economy by not producing children. Meanwhile, supporters of same-sex marriage say their opponents are running out of ideas.</span></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 21:54:50 +0000 Jonathan Meador 40467 at http://wkms.org Beshear Argues Same Sex Marriage Would Be an Economic Drag on Kentucky KY Governor Signs Child Abuse Training Bill http://wkms.org/post/ky-governor-signs-child-abuse-training-bill <p>Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has ceremonially signed into law a measure that would require Kentucky physicians to undergo training to detect signs of child abuse.</p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:27:07 +0000 Jonathan Meador 40220 at http://wkms.org KY Governor Signs Child Abuse Training Bill 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