Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

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4:29 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Beshear Cuts Budget to Balance $90.9-Million Kentucky Budget Shortfall

Gov. Steve Beshear in 2013

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 3:57 pm

Gov. Steve Beshear issued a pair of executive orders this week reducing state spending levels to plug a $90.9-million hole in Kentucky's budget.

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4:20 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Beshear Says EPA Coal Emission Standards Provide ‘Flexibility’

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says proposed federal regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants provide the state with some “flexibility” in meeting government targets.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced this month that the nation must reduce carbon emissions created by burning coal by 30 percent.

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3:22 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Governor Beshear's Budget Proposal

Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, discusses a bill up for consideration in the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.
Credit LRC Public Information

Kentucky state lawmakers have begun reviewing Governor Steve Beshear’s $20 billion budget proposal.

State Budget Director Jane Driskell briefed lawmakers on the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Tuesday on aspects of the budget. It includes a 5% cut for most state agencies, and includes the state's highest ever ratio of money being borrowed to money coming in.

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Government
4:13 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Whistleblower on Ky Pensions "I Think We're Going to Be 'The Walking Dead' for a Long Time"

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AMC’s hit zombie-apocalypse-drama ‘The Walking Dead’ is a story about a shambling mass of the undead that brings civilization to its knees. Chris Tobe, ​a former trustee of the Kentucky Retirement Systems turned whistleblower, says the show is an apt metaphor for what will happen if  lawmakers don't get serious about funding pensions. 

“I think we’re going to be The Walking Dead for a long time" said Tobe. "We’re all gonna keep saying, ‘oh, we’re just fine,’ and we’re gonna be ‘The Walking Dead’ for a long, long time.

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Government
11:43 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Stumbo: Fully Funding 2015 Spending Priorities Could Exceed $800 Million

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Kentucky’s budget priorities for 2015 could require nearly $1 billion in revenue that the state doesn’t have. House Speaker Greg Stumbo told a group of business leaders earlier this month that the cost of funding priority issues like education, public employee raises and more could total an estimated $800 million.

 "It would probably be more of a number like seven to eight-hundred million, some would argue larger than that," says Stumbo. "It just depends upon how big a bite of the apple you want to take, but I don't think we can do that."

Stumbo says that it’s unlikely the state will have that money until Kentucky fully recovers from the 2008 recession. But, it’s coming. 

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Government
2:10 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Governor Steve Beshear: Federal Budget Deal Kicks 'Can Down the Road'

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 4:25 pm

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear offered sharp criticism of Congress, chiding the nation’s lawmakers for being out of touch with their constituents and for causing needless pain across the state through the ongoing federal shutdown.

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Government
11:22 am
Fri September 27, 2013

In New York Times Op-Ed, Governor Steve Beshear Says Kentucky Needs Obamacare

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 2:37 pm

In a robust defense of Obamacare, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the state's health care needs come before the divisive partisan politics to defund the law in Washington.

The op-ed in The New York Times on Friday continues Beshear's arguments in favor of the law, which is set to be implemented beginning Oct. 1.

In Kentucky, nearly one in six are uninsured and the state ranks at the bottom of nearly every major health measure.

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Government
9:40 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Three Fort Campbell Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

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Three Fort Campbell soldiers have died in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Department of Defense says 26 year old Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera, 22 year old Sgt. Jamar Hicks and 26 year-old Spc. Keith Grace of the 101st Airborne's 4th Brigade Combat team died Sunday when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire.  

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Government
1:44 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Group Cites Coal Influence While Naming Steve Beshear Among 'Worst Governors'

Kentucky Governor's Office

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 12:35 pm

A national watchdog group has named Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear one of its "Worst Governors in America."

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released the list today. Beshear's inclusion is based on the firing of Division of Mine Permits Director Ron Mills in 2009, and what the group calls the "improper influence" of the coal industry on Beshear's official appointments.

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Government
8:30 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Beshear Open to Dialogue On Nuclear Power

KY Gov. Steve Beshear
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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he supports a dialogue on the construction of nuclear power plants in Kentucky.

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