STEVE BESHEAR

Government
9:00 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Governor Beshear Announces Jobs in Cadiz

Cadiz 's Transcraft  is investing $3M to add 80 new jobs, build a new 12,000 sq ft painting facility and purchase new equipment. Governor Beshear stopped in Cadiz for the announcement yesterday.  He says to encourage the investment, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority initially approved Transcraft Corp. for tax incentives up to $2 million dollars through the Kentucky Business Investment program.

Afternoon Update
4:34 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 4/24/12

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Today on NPR: Missouri teen Maura Pozek has gotten a reputation for the unusual dresses she makes. Her first material was Doritos bags. Then it was soda can tabs. This year, she says, "I had to top myself somehow."

Frankfort:

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Beshear Makes Appearance at CCMS
4:13 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Beshear Celebrates Completion of Murray Sidewalks

Gov. Steve Beshear meets with students at Calloway County Middle School.
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Gov. Steve Beshear met with community leaders and students at Calloway County Middle School to celebrate the completion of two sidewalk projects meant to improve pedestrian and bicycle access for local students.

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2012 General Assembly
3:34 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Beshear Signs Pill Mill Bill

Kentucky lawmakers and Governor Steve Beshear are applauding the passage of a bill aimed at reducing prescription pill abuse.

Beshear signed the Pill Mill Bill today, inviting key legislators and law enforcement officers to take part in the ceremony.

The new law isn’t as tough as some had hoped. But House Speaker Greg Stumbo says changes can always be made later.

“And I would have obviously preferred something stronger, but it is a step in the right direction and if it doesn’t work we can always come back and do something to amend it later,” Stumbo says.

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The Morning Cram
9:35 am
Tue April 24, 2012

the morning cram [if I go down, I'm takin you with me edition]

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It's not advisable to swat flies with a sledge hammer. 

NPR reports many believe that if the US Supreme Court takes down the Affordable Healthcare Act, the entire healthcare system could go down with it.

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Government
8:07 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Kentucky Transportation Bill Amended in Senate

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The Kentucky Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee approved a $4.5 billion transportation budget but not before inserting language that would restore nearly $50 million for road construction projects previously vetoed by Governor Steve Beshear. The spending measure now advances to the Senate floor for a planned vote today. Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chairman Bob Leeper cited a "fit of conscience" for his push to put the $50 million in road projects back into the transportation budget.

Government
3:34 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Beshear Signs the Six Year Road Plan

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Governor Steve Beshear signed the six-year road plan on Wednesday, but line-item vetoed projects in a two-year plan only in Senate President David Williams' district.

According to the governor's office, the vetoes in the shorter plan were necessary because Williams moved his projects to the front of the line. The changes to the legislation cut $49.7 million worth of projects in Williams's district and restore the funding to its original levels.

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Government
8:08 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Kentucky House Expected to Vote Wednesday on 2 Key Bills

The Kentucky House has tentatively scheduled floor votes today on a transportation budget and a prescription drug abuse bill.  Both measures passed out of House committees yesterday.  Once the House has finished, the Senate will review the measures intended to appropriate money for road construction projects and to curb overdose deaths from widespread prescription drug abuse in the state.  Lawmakers have been meeting in special legislative session since Monday at a cost of more than $60,000 a day.

2012 General Assembly
7:15 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Special Legislative Session: Day 1

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Kentucky Senate President David Williams is renewing his call for Governor Steve Beshear to act quickly on an unfunded road plan that cleared the legislature last week.

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Kentucky General Assembly 2012
8:42 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Special Session Starts

Kentucky lawmakers are returning to Frankfort today to begin a special session called by Governor Steve Beshear.

Beshear has ordered lawmakers to take up a funding bill for the state's road plan and one addressing prescription pill abuse.

Those were the two major bills that died in the final hours of the 2012 regular session last week.

Beshear says passing those bills should only take lawmakers five days.

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