STEVE BESHEAR

Government
6:00 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Blue Ribbon Tax Reform Commission

Early last month, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform held its first meeting to begin the process of addressing a long-discussed issue in the Commonwealth.  They’ll wrap up their workshops early next month and begin a series of public meetings around the state with a session in Paducah in late May.  Tax reform is a complex and contentious set of issues, and to get some perspective on how the commission will navigate those issues, I sat down with one of its members, CSI Chairman and former board chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis, John Will

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Afternoon Update
4:31 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 4/13/12

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Today on NPR: Four decades after their sound helped redefine popular music, the German synthesizer quartet Kraftwerk is playing a series of eight concerts at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

 

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2012 General Assembly
4:03 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Williams Says Beshear Should Tone Down Rhetoric

Republican Senate President David Williams says Democratic Governor Steve Beshear needs to tone down his rhetoric over the upcoming special session.

The two men butted heads yesterday when the Senate didn't pass two of the session's critical bills. The Senate adjourned, effectively killing a bill that funded the state's road plan and one that would place further limitations on prescription drugs.

In his call for the special session, Beshear personally blamed Williams for blocking the bills, and at other times called him greedy and selfish.

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2012 General Assembly
11:27 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Beshear Continues to Blame Williams for Need of Special Session

A blame game over important legislation is turning into a full-blown repeat of last year's gubernatorial election.

Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and Republican Senate President David Williams are arguing over who is to blame for lawmakers adjourning their regular session without passing key bills. A bill to crack down on Kentucky's prescription drug abuse died in the final minutes of the session, and even though lawmakers passed a road plan, they neglected to pass the bill that funds the projects.

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Morning Cram
10:30 am
Fri April 13, 2012

the morning cram [I'm just not so sure how well this plan was thought through edition]

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Somehow oops doesn't seem to cover it...

NPR reports a failed missile test yesterday may make North Korea more belligerent and confrontational.

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Government
9:19 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Kentucky Special Session

Governor Steve Beshear says he'll call lawmakers back into a special session Monday to consider a transportation budget that provides needed funding for a 4 and a half billion dollar highway construction plan.  Lawmakers passed the plan late last night, but adjourned without approving funding.  Beshear blames Republican Senate President David Williams for thwarting passage of the transportation budget.  Williams insisted Beshear sign the construction plan into law before the Senate passed the funding measure.  But the governor says he didn't have time to fully review the construction before

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2012 General Assembly
10:07 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Beshear Not Expecting Any Vetoes

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Kentucky lawmakers have one more legislative day in their calendar this year, but they likely won’t spend it overriding vetoed bills. Governor Steve Beshear spent most of yesterday signing bills into law. And outside of the almost mandatory line item vetoes every governor has in budget bills, Beshear says he doesn’t expect to use his veto pen. That means dozens of bills passed this session will go onto the books. This includes bills allowing new districts of innovation for local school districts, the elimination of confederate pensions and new restrictions on pseudoephedrine purchases.

Afternoon Update
4:43 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 4/11/12

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Today on NPR:  North Korea flexes its muscles.

Kentucky Legislation:

Governor Beshear signed a bill keeping federal unemployment tax hikes from turning into law.

Beshear has signed the Amish Buggy Bill into law.

Jackson Purchase:

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2012 General Assembly
2:48 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Beshear Signs Unemployment Insurance Bill

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Governor Steve Beshear has signed a plan to save employers from federal unemployment insurance tax hikes into law.

At his first ceremonial bill signing of the year, Beshear praised lawmakers and the business and labor communities for reaching a compromise.

House Bill 495 would allow Kentucky to borrow money from a state organization to repay interest on a more than nine hundred million dollar unemployment loan.

And while the bill will still raise taxes for employers in two years, it’s at a lesser rate. Beshear says that’s a fair answer to the problem.

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Amish Bill Signed
2:22 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Beshear Signs Amish Buggy Bill

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Drivers of slow moving vehicles now have the option of using reflective tape instead of the standard orange triangle while on Kentucky roads.

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