Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

1:56 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Gov Beshear to Visit Three Countries During Asian Economic Trip

Credit Ky Governor Steve Beshear

Governor Beshear is in the midst of an economic development trip, visiting three Asian countries.

He and his team are meeting with company and country officials in Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan. 

Read more
2:32 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Kentucky Receives $20 Million to Address Long Term Unemployment

Credit iStock

Kentucky is one of 10 states chosen to develop a model program to assist those who are long-term unemployed and on food stamps.  

Read more
1:30 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

German Automotive Manufacturing Facility Opens in Murray

Gov. Steve Beshear announces iwis' $12.5 million investment in a Murray plant in 2012
Credit Mark Welch

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and local government and economic officials opened Murray’s newest manufacturing facility today. 

The German automotive supplier iwis is creating 75 full-time jobs and investing more than $12.5 million. 

Read more
11:43 am
Fri March 6, 2015

How Kentucky Money Fuels Cross-Border Casinos (and Other State Budgets)

Darlie Lowe, right, and Deneen Crayton, both of Louisville, wait for the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino shuttle bus on a recent Wednesday morning in West Louisville.

Braving temperatures in the 30s on a recent Wednesday morning, the 25 or so people bunched in the Kroger parking lot in west Louisville had plenty of grounds for complaint.

But complaining they weren’t. To the contrary, this group was stoked about the occasion. In just a few minutes, a large luxury bus would be pulling up and taking them on a free trip to the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino. For the next five hours they would be playing slot machines, eating $12 worth of food on the house and hoping to go home winners.

Read more
11:25 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Beshear: Democrats Need Better Narrative, Deeper Bench Ahead of 2016 Elections

Credit Flickr Commons

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says the national Democratic Party is paying the price for not putting enough resources into winning Congressional and state legislative races.

Read more
6:29 am
Thu January 15, 2015

KY Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education Expands

Credit Stu Johnson/WEKU News

A program designed to benefit Kentucky's manufacturing sector is expanding.  Governor Steve Beshear made the announcement Wednesday at the Georgetown Toyota plant, where the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education initiative is already underway.  It is growing to include Louisville, northern Kentucky, and Elizabethtown.

Read more
6:52 am
Thu January 8, 2015

5 Takeaways From Gov. Beshear's Final State of the Commonwealth Address

Steve Beshear

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 10:18 am

FRANKFORT — In his final State of the Commonwealth address, Gov. Steve Beshear celebrated many of his major policy accomplishments during his tenure and called on lawmakers to continue moving the 2015 session toward job-creation initiatives.

The over-riding theme of Wednesday evening’s address was Beshear’s advocacy for workforce development in Kentucky, and the four ways he says he’s strengthened it: early childhood development, education reform, affordable healthcare, and low taxes.

Read more
6:00 am
Wed December 31, 2014

No Push for Casinos Expected in Short Session

Credit Antoine Taveneaux, Wikimedia Commons

The issue of expanded gambling has been on Governor Steve Beshear's radar throughout his time in office.

The 2015 legislative session could very well be his last chance to see such a measure adopted. However, Beshear isn't optimistic there will be any movement on casino legislation during the session.  

Read more
1:15 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Public-Private Project to Bring "I-Way" Statewide by 2017


Kentucky officials are planning an ambitious infrastructure project to lay over 3,000 miles of fiber optic cable to bring the Commonwealth's internet and cell phone services to among some of the fastest in the U.S. 

The project is being called the "Next Generation Kentucky Information Highway" or "I-Way." 

Read more
4:08 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Gov Beshear Remarks Strong Numbers in 2nd kynect Enrollment Opening Week

Credit Kynect Logo

Gov. Steve Beshear says the first week of kynect’s latest open enrollment period is “going strong.”

The governor’s office reports that the health exchange’s website received 72,000 visits in the last week with more than 6,400 new applications submitted and 4,100 Kentuckians newly enrolled. 

Read more