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Gov. Steve Beshear on Monday offered a positive financial review to members of Kentucky’s higher education community. 

Beshear admitted he’s a bit envious of Kentucky’s next governor. 

That envy comes as Governor Beshear predicts a bright revenue future.  He addressed participants at the Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship.  

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  Outgoing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear had a vision of bringing casino gambling into Kentucky to generate new revenue for state coffers, as he has often said. But the issue has never taken hold in the legislature.

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   A governor’s order that triggered a leadership shakeup at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville drew criticism and bewilderment Tuesday from members of the committee that oversees the 41-year-old event.

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  Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was unclear Tuesday evening about whether his Energy and Environment Cabinet would continue working on a plan to help the state comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s final Clean Power Plan, which it released the day before.

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is raising the minimum wage for state employees and challenges public and private employers to follow the lead. 

Beshear signed the executive order today to institute a wage raise for employees working for the state executive branch to $10.10 per hour up from the current $7.25 per hour. 

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency in the commonwealth in response to this week's snowfall and low temperatures.

The declaration is intended to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts.

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A Kentucky health group is lauding an announcement that state-owned properties will be going tobacco-free.

Governor Beshear last week issued an executive order banning tobacco products and e-cigarettes from state-owned and leased buildings and vehicles, effective November 20th.

Ky Gov. Beshear Announces New Tobacco Ban

Sep 4, 2014
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Tobacco and e-cigarettes will soon be banned from many Kentucky state properties under the executive cabinet.

Alltech Expanding to Pikeville with $24M Investment

Jul 21, 2014
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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.

Kentucky's $91 Million Shortfall Explained

Jul 17, 2014
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Update: Beshear Cuts Budget to Balance $90.9-Million Kentucky Budget Shortfall

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  the origins, anomalies, and implications of the Commonwealth's $91 million shortfall during Sounds Good.

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