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State of Commonwealth: Gov. Beshear says state’s future depends on Kentuckians working together

In his first State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky’s future depends on leaving divisive politics in the past and focusing on providing opportunity for every Kentucky family.   Gov. Beshear said the transformational and positive change Kentucky families count on occurs when we break the cycles of poverty, abuse and addiction, and obtain a good-paying career,...

State of the Commonwealth: Kentucky is ‘back with a vengeance,’ Beshear declares

See the governor’s entire State of the Commonwealth address below.   Declaring that “our vision is working,” Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear used his eighth State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday to urge legislators to remain focused on the long-term strategies and collaborative relationship that have lifted Kentucky out of the economic doldrums.   Describing record-setting improvements...

Gov. Beshear: We must focus our attention
on a ‘collective vision’ of a stronger Kentucky

In his seventh State of the Commonwealth address last night, Gov. Steve Beshear exhorted legislators to ignore the lure of partisan politics and continue collaborating with him on improving the state’s business climate in two key areas: strengthening Kentucky’s future workforce by investing in education and creating a healthier population, and modernizing the tax code to make the state more competitive.   National...

Gov. Beshear champions education as top priority in State of Commonwealth address

In his sixth State of the Commonwealth address, Gov. Steve Beshear praised legislators for a new atmosphere of respectful discourse but challenged them to use that cooperative spirit to prevent Kentucky’s schoolchildren from becoming “collateral damage” in ongoing budget battles.   Saying nationally recognized progress on K-12 education was being jeopardized by a weakened revenue stream,...