Governor Beshear

Government
3:38 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Beshear Appoints Heather French Henry to Head Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs

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Former Miss America Heather French Henry is Governor Steve Beshear’s choice to head the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.  

Beshear announced the appointment today saying it's part of his ongoing commitment to help Kentucky veterans and their families.

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Government
4:33 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Beshear's Tax Reform Proposal in House Budget Committee Today, A Behind-The-Scenes Look

Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson
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Lt. Gov Jerry Abramson presented a draft of Governor Steve Beshear's 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 $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 Sounds Good, Kate speaks with policy analyst and member of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Committee on tax reform, Jason Bailey about the events of the day.

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Government
2:55 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Governor Beshear Names Bob Stewart Kentucky Secretary of Tourism

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has named a longtime tourism veteran to oversee the part of his cabinet dealing with travel and the arts. 

Bob Stewart is a familiar face in state government, having worked for 11 years as commissioner of travel from 1992 to 2003.

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Government
1:24 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Kentucky's Insurance Exchange Is Named, 'Similiar to Travelocity or Expedia' Experience

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   Kentucky's new exchange for people on the market for healthcare now has a name and  a website.

It'll be called Kynect—pronounced "connect." People can access it at kynect.ky.gov. A phone line will be running in August.

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Education
3:14 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Dropout Bill Signed into Law

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After five years of advocacy, supporters of raising Kentucky's dropout age to 18 celebrated Monday as Gov. Steve Beshear signed the bill into law.

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Politics
4:33 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Gov. Beshear Calls Sequester "Very Damaging"

Governor Steve Beshear has some harsh words for his congressional colleagues’ handling of sequestration in Washington, D.C. As the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration go into effect, Congress’ approval rating hovers at close to 15 percent. At a press conference Friday in Lexington, the governor made it clear where he stands.

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Education
8:02 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Kentucky Tops Education Magazine's Rankings

Kentucky has made the top ten in Education Week magazine's annual rankings of school policy and standards.

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Politics
6:12 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Denton Files Two Bills To Place Affordable Care Act Decisions in Lawmakers' Hands

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State Sen. Julie Denton has filed two bills that would put control of implementation of the Affordable Care Act into lawmakers’ hands.

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Politics
7:20 am
Tue January 8, 2013

KY Lawmakers Prepare for Start of Legislative Session

Kentucky lawmakers start their legislative session today where they're expected to consider tax reforms and search for ways to shore up the financially troubled pension system for government retirees. A task force appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear has recommended a series of changes to the state tax code that could generate more than $600 million in additional revenue. A separate legislative task force has recommended pumping more money into the pension system, which has a $33 billion unfunded liability.

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Government
7:12 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Beshear's State of State Address Set for Feb. 6

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will deliver his State of the Commonwealth address Feb. 6.  Spokeswoman Kerri Richardson announced the date last week for the annual speech to a joint session of the Legislature.

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