Governor Beshear Continues Tour Across Kentucky

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Governor Beshear continues his tour across the state.

He heard & talked about a number of hot topics in Somerset Monday night.

One of those topics was the future of Oakwood, a troubled facility for the mentally handicapped.

With his sleeves rolled up and sitting among the crowd the governor spoke about everything from supporting our troops to casinos in the commonwealth to his own religious values.

“There were folks here who disagree with me and I think that's fine, because I need to hear from everybody. That's the way you can make the best decisions in the end,” Governor Beshear said.

There were a number of people on hand who support Somerset's Oakwood Mental Health Facility.

The facility recently lost federal funding and Governor Beshear says he's working to improve the conditions for its residents.

“That's what everyone at Oakwood is working toward right now, trying to get that recertification, so that we can again receive 70% of the budget from the federal government,” Don Putnam said.

“We're working very hard with the facility and we're going to ask the federal government to recertify us for Medicaid because we need that,” Governor Beshear said.

The Governor also talked about the state budget, and says he's working hard for to bring new businesses to the commonwealth.

“People all know that this state needs more and better paying jobs, that's really the foundation of our economy, that's what's going to let us get more money in the long run to put into education, to put into health care, to really improve the quality of life to our people,” Governor Beshear said.

Governor Beshear says he plans to continue these town hall meetings as long as he is in office.

He began his five week, 13 city tour in Virgie.

He's also scheduled to make a stop in Hazard next month.

He was criticized by some for taking a plane last week to Pike County at a cost of more than seven thousand dollars.

He arrived in Somerset in a car.

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