Governor Beshear Takes Budget Plan on the Road

by scrosby on December 15, 2008

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is on the road this week, pitching his budget-balancing plan. Fiscal questions are being raised about the governor’s travels.

Tonight, Governor Beshear holds a town hall meeting in Ashland. Wednesday he travels to Hazard and Thursday he’ll be in Dry Ridge. He’s already been to Henderson. He’s taking his pitch for budget cuts and a 70-cent increase in the state’s cigarette tax to the people.

But in tight budget times, wouldn’t videoconferencing be a cheaper way to relay his message?

“There’s a lot of ways I can communicate with folks and I think face-to-face communication is extremely important,” says Beshear. “I want to look them in the eye, tell them where we are, what we’re proposing and what our options are and I want to hear from them.”

The governor says he’s just trying to get the ball rolling in the discussion over fixing the state’s 456-million dollar revenue shortfall. He says time is of the essence and the sooner lawmakers address the deficit, the better.

The next regular legislative session starts January sixth.

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