Governor Steve Beshear

Beshear Creates Coal Scholarship Program

by Kenny Colston on May 29, 2012

Governor Steve Beshear has created a program lawmakers could not. The governor has released four million dollars to be given as scholarships to Eastern Kentucky college students.

Lawmakers wrestled with several scholarship proposals during the last legislative session, but an agreement was never passed.

“Kentuckians recognize the importance of completing a college degree, and more and more people are pursuing higher education,” says Beshear in a release. “That’s a good sign. But the cost of attending school can be prohibitive. I’m proud that we’ve found a way to make sure more students can continue their studies. These coal severance fund scholarships will surely help more of our students to achieve their goal of a college degree.”

To qualify for the scholarships, students must be from any of the following counties: Bell, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin or Pike. They must also be juniors, seniors or nontraditional students in schools in those counties, including: the University of Pikeville, Alice Lloyd College or satellite campuses of Morehead State University, Lindsey Wilson, UPIKE or Lincoln Memorial. [click to continue…]

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Beshear, Rogers to Speak at Prescription Drug Abuse Summit

by Gabe Bullard April 9, 2012

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers are among several elected officials slated to speak about prescription drug abuse this week at a conference in Florida. The National Rx Drug Abuse Summit is organized by the Kentucky-based Operation UNITE. It aims to address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in the southeastern […]

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Unemployment Insurance Deal Passes Senate

by Kenny Colston March 29, 2012

The Kentucky Senate has passed an amended bill that would help the state repay interest on a federal unemployment insurance loan. And despite concerns that the Senate amendments would derail the proposal, the bill’s original House sponsor has agreed to the changes. The amendment by Senator David Givens would defer an increase in the taxes […]

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Senate Likely Two Weeks Away From a Budget Vote

by Kenny Colston March 12, 2012

The legislative session is winding down, but budget negotiations are just beginning for Kentucky’s Senate. The House passed their version of budgets for all three branches of state government last week. But Senate Budget Chairman Bob Leeper says that doesn’t mean the Senate will be able to act quickly on the plan. Leeper says the […]

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Beshear Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration; Death Toll Now 21

by Rick Howlett March 4, 2012

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is asking the federal government for an expedited disaster declarion in the wake of the deadly storms that tore across the commonwealth Friday. Beshear’s office announced the disaster declaration request this afternoon: FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 4, 2012) – Governor Steve Beshear is formally requesting an expedited major disaster declaration from President […]

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Gambling Bill Clears Senate Committee

by Kenny Colston February 22, 2012

Governor Steve Beshear’s constitutional amendment to legalize casinos in Kentucky has cleared its first legislative hurdle. The bill passed the Senate’s State and Local Government committee 7-4 today. The measure would allow up to seven casinos in Kentucky. But the committee changed the bill, dropping language that requires five of the casinos to be at […]

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Beshear Highlights Barrel Tax As One of First Priority for Tax Commission

by Kenny Colston February 6, 2012

Kentucky’s bourbon distillers may soon be getting one of their biggest wishes… a change in the barrel tax. The tax, named because it charges property taxes on bourbon aging in barrels in distillery warehouses, is one of its kind. But other alcoholic beverages made it the commonwealth aren’t subject to the same taxes, Beshear says. […]

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Stumbo Introduces Bill to Crack Down On Pill Clinics

by Kenny Colston February 2, 2012

A bill to crack down on illegal pain clinics has been introduced in the Kentucky House. Governor Steve Beshear, Attorney General Jack Conway and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, all Democrats, collaborated on the bill. It would transfer the operation of KASPER, a statewide pill tracking system, to the Attorney General’s office. It would also require […]

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Beshear Encouraged With Senate’s Dropout Bill, Says He’ll Work With Chambers on Final Proposal

by Kenny Colston February 2, 2012

Governor Steve Beshear is warming to a modified proposal to raise the high school dropout age. Beshear has long pushed to raise the dropout age to 18. The Senate Education Committee passed a bill today that lets individual school boards opt in to a higher dropout age. It also requires those boards to provide the […]

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Budget Cuts Will Mean Delay in Education Reforms

by Kenny Colston February 1, 2012

More cuts to Kentucky’s education budget will slow down the implementation of a landmark reform law. Senate Bill 1 is a wide-ranging education law that replaced Kentucky’s school testing system with stronger tests and content standards. Currently only English and math standards have been developed. And with a 4.5 percent cut planned for the Department of […]

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