State of State Address

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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.

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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.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the toughest issue for the state is its worst-in-the-nation public pension system, but he only made scattered references to it throughout his State of the State address Wednesday. Quinn supports Senate Bill 1, which would increase contributions and reduce benefits. The bill sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton failed to get a House vote. Illinois has nearly $100 billion in unfunded liability.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has no public events scheduled this week as he prepares to deliver his annual State of the State address.

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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.