Beshear Japan Trip Cost Taxpayers Almost $86,000

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Records show Gov. Steve Beshear and members of his administration spent almost $86,000 during an economic trip to Japan this summer.

Although the expenses came at a time of state budget cuts, Beshear spokesman Jay Blanton says it was a good investment.

Blanton says Kentuckians expect the governor to be aggressive about recruiting investments that result in creating jobs.

Records obtained by The (Frankfort) State Journal through an open records request show some of the expenses include $13,500 for hotel rooms, $12,000 in airfare, $28,000 to hold a reception at a hotel in Tokyo and $9,000 for rented vehicles.

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