Beshear Begins Series Of Town Hall Meetings

VIRGIE, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear is beginning a series of town hall meetings in an initiative that he describes as a listening tour across Kentucky.
The tour starts Thursday in the tiny community of Virgie in the
coalfields of eastern Kentucky. Beshear said he is especially interested in hearing suggestions on how state government can continue to provide services amid tight budget constraints.
The state faces a $900 million revenue shortfall over the next two years.
Critics contend Beshear has scheduled the meetings in hopes of
improving his image after failing to get his top initiatives through the General Assembly earlier this year.

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