Governor Beshear Says He's Not Happy About General Assembly Issues

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

One lawmaker called it the worst ending to a general assembly session he's ever seen.

The clock on the house chamber wall stopped on 11:54 pm as legislators scrambled to finish their work and they still left around one a-m with several issues unresolved.

The governor says he is not happy the general assembly put a cigarette tax increase and casino gaming proposals on the back burner.

“I think a lot of people are disappointed that we didn't raise more revenue,” Governor Beshear said.

The governor maintains both proposals could mean millions to the state and it would help the Commonwealth's sluggish economy.

He says too many lawmakers are playing partisan politics.

“It's gotten so partisan that it's difficult to get anything done because it seems that many times the partisanship trumps good government,” Governor Beshear said.

While the pension plans and ethics reform proposals will have to wait until next time,
the general assembly agreed on a few key proposals.

225 million will go for water and sewer upgrades, an anti-bullying bill gives victims more protection, and a new booster seat law will protect children under 7 on the road.

Over the next two years, economists project a 900 million dollar revenue shortfall statewide.

So the administration says they will just have to get creative.

“Being from rural Kentucky as I am and Steve Beshear is we've always had to look for other ways then paying for it,” Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo said.

Governor Beshear says more could get done if lawmakers would just work together.

One measure left unresolved is 200 million dollars in proposed road construction projects.

Senator Brandon Smith says he thinks a special session is needed to deal with that issue alone.

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  • by Happy No Casinos Location: Prestonsburg on Apr 18, 2008 at 06:56 AM
    the only reason Brashear is not happy is because he wants his casinos. Quit crying and get over it, alot of people don't want your casinos, and I'm one of them. I hope they never come in.
  • by Will on Apr 18, 2008 at 05:05 AM
    Sure he's not happy,he's missing a chance fleece the people.its allways the same with a something for nothing democrat.
  • by mary Location: maggoffin on Apr 17, 2008 at 04:19 PM
    i would to know if the state time has changed from 7months and 21 days to 4 months and 21 days ,and if the relese program and went through. thank you
  • by Lynn Location: KY on Apr 17, 2008 at 10:28 AM
    Not that I'm against the Casino. I just can't see how that is going to help. With people complaining about the price of gas and price of food and other stuff that is going up. Where are you going to get the people to come and spend their money that they don't have. There are people getting laid off from stores and other businesses that are letting people go because they are running slow. If someone has an answer let me know.
  • by john Location: letcher co on Apr 17, 2008 at 10:22 AM
    Tax them cig's and stop the cancer!
  • by Bob Location: Lexington on Apr 17, 2008 at 07:44 AM
    Someone please tell the Governor that a cigarette tax will not produce a *NET* increase in revenue!!! It's simply this: most smokers in the state are poor; most smokers live in Eastern KY; these poor smokers buy cigarettes with entitlement checks received from the state. So if taxes are raised on cigarettes (bought with tax money), where's the net gain coming from? The circularity is ridiculous. If the state wants to generate revenue, they will have to 'hit' every single person *equally* with some sort of tax. Come on Beshear!!! This ought to be obvious!
  • by Pam Location: Fleming Co. on Apr 17, 2008 at 07:29 AM
    I laugh when I hear the talk of a special least that way the legislators and Senators both could justify to their constituants the need for the extra pay hike for themselves. I say let'em have a go at it and see what gets done!!! Not much that amounts to anything for the people of Ky. I would say. If the state is so broke I think any projects should be forgotten for the next 2 yrs. The people who are going to elect you are going to do it anyway. I am very disappointed in both my representatives in this session and that does not mean they are not good people. Just people who have made some bad decisions and not standing up for what they know the people they represent really want. In this session I see that Ky. really had no choice but to raise taxes a little and to allow the people to vote themselves on the casino gambling issue. And to the Governor...Take a Stand. We voted you in to do that.not be a wimp.
  • by terri Location: east ky on Apr 17, 2008 at 04:54 AM
    Take a special session come out as a strong leader and deal with the education issues that are killing this state and it's future----BE A LEADER!!!!!
  • by Eddie Location: Pikeville on Apr 16, 2008 at 10:23 PM
    $600,000 for a golf course in Floyd County? Another Stumbo pay-off. Whereas, you have $101,000 cut from the budget for a state agency tasked with helping 649,000 deaf and hard of hearing get the assistance they need to get education, assistive devices that will help them get jobs, and so forth. 649,000 Kentuckians disenfranchised because legislators want to help maintain a golf course in a county that will see little overall economic impact from this golf course. And only $275,000 to help keep the East Kentucky Expo Center running, when it brings in literally thousands of people and hundreds of thousands of dollars to the surrounding communities and benefits the region, not just Pikeville. I've got a suggestion, instead of looking to raise taxes everywhere, look at stuff like legislative pay raises? Notice our Governor "wasn't happy" about it, but he sure didn't veto it. Real world, you don't get work done, you don't get paid. Make it apply in Frankfort too.


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