Steve Beshear

Local News
4:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Federal Highway Trust Fund Insolvency Threatens $185 Million in Kentucky Projects

Steve Beshear
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

FRANKFORT— Congressional inaction threatening the solvency of the Federal Highway Trust Fund may cost Kentucky $185 million for projects, drastically changing how the state pays for road construction, Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday.

Beshear and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who was visiting the state, criticized Congress for  inaction that will reduce the amount the highway trust fund reimburses states for roadwork by 28 percent, affecting upwards of 700,000 jobs nationwide.

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Local News
9:51 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Kentucky Child Care Subsidy to Cover 6,000 More Families. Here Are Some Details.

The Southside Christian Child Care center on Klondike Lane.
Credit www.southsidechristianchildcare.com

The state will expand a child care subsidy to cover an estimated 6,000 more low-income working families starting in August, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday evening.

Kentucky cut the Child Care Assistance Program last year because of a budget shortfall, causing thousands of children to lose eligibility and leading to financial struggles for day care operators.

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Local News
9:59 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Beshear: Separating Politics and Effects of Affordable Care Act a 'Very Fine Line'

Steve Beshear
Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

Gov. Steve Beshear touted Kentucky’s success in implementing the Affordable Care Act in an address Tuesday to a national healthcare conference  in Washington.

Beshear told attendees at the State of Enrollment conference that while Kentuckians continue to hold a negative view of President Barack Obama and his health care law, residents are big fans of the state’s health insurance exchange, Kynect.

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Politics
8:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Gov. Beshear Says Federal Carbon Emissions Regs May Not Give Enough Flexibility

Steve Beshear
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says federal proposed regulations on the carbon emissions generated by coal-fired power plants could come at the expense of jobs.

But the concern may be misplaced.

When the EPA announced first-ever regulations limiting the nation’s coal-fired CO2 emissions by 30 percent nationwide, Kentucky politicians were quick to denounce the move.

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Local News
6:55 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Plaintiffs Respond to Beshear's Procreation Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage in Kentucky

Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon's marriage licenses.
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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's argument that same-sex unions harm procreation is a "myopic" view of marriage, argues a response filed on behalf of Kentucky same-sex couples seeking recognition for their out-of-state marriages.

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Local News
12:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Kentucky Physicians Now Required to Have Training to Detect Child Abuse

Steve Beshear
Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

Gov. Steve Beshear has ceremonially signed into law a measure that requires Kentucky physicians to undergo training to detect signs of child abuse.

State Rep. Addia Wuchner sponsored the bill.

Three other states have similar laws, and Wuchner says this will address Kentucky's problem with abuse-related fatalities and injuries.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Partners in Law Firm Appealing Same-Sex Marriage Order for Kentucky Gave Thousands to Beshear

Steve Beshear
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has gotten thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from partners in his choice of a law firm to appeal a federal order to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

Attorneys from VanAntwerp, Monge, Jones, Edwards & McCann gave $11,250 to Beshear in the last several election cycles, according to campaign finance data from the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

House's Kentucky Budget Proposal Similar to Gov. Steve Beshear's

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FRANKFORT — A budget proposal in the Kentucky House will closely resemble the $20 billion biennial budget outlined by Gov. Steve Beshear.

House Appropriations and Revenue chair Rick Rand says that that chamber’s budget will be virtually the same as the governor’s, specifically in the area of education. It largely preserves Beshear’s requests for the funding formula known as SEEK and implements raises for teachers.

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Politics
7:58 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Explains Decision to Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Order

Steve Beshear
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he knows marriage equality supporters are upset with his decision to appeal a federal ruling requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages.

But the governor adds that he wants advocates to know further action is needed to prevent what he calls the “legal chaos” that would arise from too many contradictory rulings.

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Commentary
2:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Kentucky's Courageous Attorneys General, Past and Present

Jack Conway
Credit Kentucky Attorney General's Office

More than a half century ago, my parents gave me for Christmas a copy of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Profiles in Courage." It was a collection of stories about United States senators through history who somehow stood up to the prevailing sentiments of their day to take stands that, in time, would earn them special places in history. Among those he included were John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton and Robert A. Taft. A bipartisan group, facing some of the thorniest issues of American history ranging from slavery to fair trials.

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