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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