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Beshear unveils ‘Education First’ budget ending 14 years of cuts; funds health, pensions, social workers

Gov. Andy Beshear outlined his first budget to lawmakers on Tuesday prioritizing education, health care and protecting our children, underlining his belief that a budget is a statement of values. “It is a budget that not only ends years of painful cuts, it also makes a major investment in public education, fully funds expanded Medicaid, makes a historic investment in protecting our children, directs...

Bevin disputes cost of ending Kynect exchange, promises service will be abolished in a year

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Gov. Matt Bevin says shutting down the Kynect health-insurance exchange will cost “a small fraction” of the $23 million estimate given by then-Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration. “It’s not going to be anywhere close to 23 million dollars,” Bevin told journalists in a Tuesday afternoon briefing on the state budget, which he was to...

Budget Address: Bevin says his proposal is a common sense effort to deal with state’s obligations

In his first State of the Commonwealth Address, Gov. Matt Bevin asked all Kentuckians and members of the General Assembly to stand united in improving the financial condition of the state. Bevin addressed the Kentucky General Assembly Tuesday night in a speech before the combined legislature that was broadcast statewide on KET. “We have the ability to come together to make this state the best version...