Kentucky Govenor Steve Beshear

Beshear Promotes Gaming Bill in Weekly Address

by admin on February 17, 2012

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear used his weekly YouTube address to promote the constitutional amendment to legalize expanded gaming in the state.

Earlier this week, the governor and state Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, unveiled the legislation to allow gaming in up to seven locations across the commonwealth. The legislation would permit five casino’s at horse racetracks and two at stand-alone locations that must be at least 60 miles from the nearest racetrack.

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Political observers have noted that Beshear usually avoids controversial topics in his weekly address. The bill is expected to be voted on in Senate committee next Wednesday.

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Gambling Amendment Would Allow Up to Seven Casinos

by Kenny Colston February 14, 2012

After weeks of waiting, Governor Steve Beshear and state Senator Damon Thayer have unveiled their constitutional amendment for expanded gambling. The amendment allows for up to seven casinos in Kentucky, but five must be at horse racing tracks. The two free-standing casinos cannot be within sixty miles of a track, regardless of whether that track […]

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Beshear Signs Redistricting Bill, Decries Process

by admin January 20, 2012

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will sign the controversial redistricting bill approved by the General Assembly earlier this week, but decried partisanship and the “personal vindictiveness” that resulted in state Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, losing her seat. The state legislature passed the new legislative maps Thursday, which moves Stein’s downtown Lexington district to northeastern Kentucky and […]

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KCEP Urges Tax Reform Over Expanded Gaming

by admin January 18, 2012

Leaders with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy are calling on state leaders to tackle tax reform to address the commonwealth’s economic woes. Governor Steve Beshear plans to close the state’s $742 million spending gap by cutting many state agencies by up to 8.4 percent and using a number of other measures, including taking $100 […]

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Fischer Reacts to Hospital Merger Rejection

by admin December 30, 2011

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer released the following statement in reaction to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s decision to reject the merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish/St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives. From the mayor’s office: “Now that this critical decision has been made, we need to understand how the affected hospitals will operate […]

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Beshear Will Make Decision on Hospital Merger, Move Aggressively on Gaming Amendment

by admin December 28, 2011

Facing a challenging budget for the upcoming General Assembly, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is promising to lobby state lawmakers aggressively for a constitutional amendment on expanding gaming. A recent poll showed 87 percent of voters want the issue to be on the November 2012 ballot. The survey also found 64 percent of Kentuckians would favor […]

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Beshear Orders Review of Proposal to Add University of Pikeville to State System

by admin December 27, 2011

After two prominent eastern Kentucky leaders pushed for the private University of Pikeville to become a state-supported institution, Governor Steve Beshear announced Tuesday that a study on the feasibility of adding the college to the state system will begin immediately. Over the past few weeks, former Governor Paul Patton, who is now president of UPIKE, […]

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Williams Will Remain State Senate President

by admin December 15, 2011

Despite losing to Democratic Governor Steve Behsear by a whopping 20-point margin in the November 8 general election, Republican state Senate President David Williams will retain his leadership position. According to state Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, the 23-member GOP caucus met late Thursday at its annual retreat to discuss its agenda and leadership, where it […]

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Beshear Will Bring Up Gaming in 2012 Session

by admin December 1, 2011

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says casino gambling will be on the agenda for next year’s legislative session and voters have delivered a clear message for lawmakers to work with him on the issue. The governor was in Louisville Thursday, speaking at the 92nd annual Kentucky Farm Bureau meeting. Previous efforts to get the proposal through […]

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Beshear Orders Two Percent Cuts to State Spending

by admin November 29, 2011

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is ordering most state agencies to cut their budgets by two percent for the current fiscal year, but that will not be enough to close a $190 million budget shortfall. The decision was announced by State Budget Director Mary Lassiter at a joint budget committee meeting Tuesday. The plan will not […]

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