Legislators Await State Of The Commonwealth Address

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear Tuesday delivers his fourth State of the Commonwealth address since taking office in December 2007.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo believes the governor will sound an optimistic tone in the speech to a joint session of the legislature. House Minority Whip Danny Ford wants to hear more about the governor’s plan for balancing the state’s Medicaid budget.

“We’re anxious to see what all he’s got in his proposals. Hopefully, look for opportunities to move Kentucky forward, and see jobs created and those kind of things. And hope that he will be able to provide that information,” says Ford.

Ford also hopes House Democrats will give fair consideration to a package of Republican-backed Senate bills sent to the House in early January. Among the issues addressed in the bills are immigration enforcement, tax reform and charter schools.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.