The bill’s proponents say it will save the state more than $400 million over ten years. About half of those savings will be reinvested into programs to keep the prison population low.
Governor Steve Beshear is the latest Kentucky official to ask Florida Governor Rick Scott to rethink his plans to cut a prescription drug tracking system.
It’s estimated that many of the prescription pills that are abused in eastern Kentucky come from Florida, and Beshear follows Congressman Hal Rogers in asking Scott to keep the program funded.
The churches will host free college fairs with representatives from the state’s 16 community colleges on the 27th. The representatives will give out information on admission, academics and financial aid.
Around 20 members of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth began a sit-in protest this morning in the lobby of the governor’s office. They said they wouldn’t leave unless they got an audience with Governor Beshear. Beshear initially said his schedule wouldn’t permit it, but finally emerged and fielded questions for about 30 minutes. The group wants an end to surface mining in Kentucky, but Beshear says he cannot support that.
The Governor says he wants to reduce the number of meth labs in the state, but is concerned about the effect of the measure on law-abiding citizens. In addition, he says it’s hard to know if any new law enforcement system is going to be effective before it’s implemented.
Governor Steve Beshear spoke at the Kentucky School Board Association’s annual conference Friday. He encouraged the audience to support a bill that would raise the dropout age to 18. Similar legislation stalled in the General Assembly last year.
A three million dollar renovation project for the area underneath the Clark Memorial Bridge is underway.
Kentucky Senate President David Williams is signaling thumbs up to the budget compromise offered by Gov. Steve Beshear. The governor is proposing a two-year, 17-point-one-billion dollar spending plan that includes no new taxes, limited bonding and prioritized spending cuts. Williams applauds the effort.
A date has not yet been set for a special session of the Kentucky General Assembly, but Governor Steve Beshear is close to calling legislators back to Frankfort to pass a budget.
Earth Week kicks off with an announcement by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear about plans for festivities and educational events across the Commonwealth.