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The top legislative priority of Kentucky’s Republican led Senate easily won approval Wednesday and now moves on to the Democratic House. Senate Bill One passed on a vote of 25 to 12, primarily along party lines.

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.


Rep. Myron Dossett 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.

Dossett was pleased to hear discussion about tax reform, but he wants a straight sales tax that would eliminate the state income tax.

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence continues its series of meetings aimed at improving the quality of Kentucky’s teachers.

This year Kentucky public school students took tests using the state’s new accountability measure for the first time. “College and Career Readiness” are the keywords tied to education reforms brought about by 2009 legislation. The focus is making the students successful, no matter their path in life. In the 2011-2012 school year, students got the first round of tougher math and reading programs, and test scores released in November show how well they did. While school districts’ scores varied, all have benefited from higher standards.