Gov. Beshear Holds News Conferences Across State On Budget Proposal

The governor is gathering support for his proposed budget to solve a $456 million budget shortfall.

On Wednesday, Governor Steve Beshear was joined by local community leaders as he plans to tour the state gathering support for his plan. The governor unveiled his proposal to solve the budget crisis last week.

He says he will now hold a series of news conferences around the state to show how this proposal will affect different communities across the commonwealth.

After revealing his proposal last week, Gov. Beshear is now touring the state to gather support for his plan to tackle a near half a billion dollar shortfall, starting with Fayette County.

The governor's plan calls for increasing the cigarette tax 70 cents and dipping into rainy day funds. He once again made his priorities clear, to protect education, health care, and public safety.

The plan would protect kindergarten through 12th's SEEK money, which is schools' basic funding source and protect health care, like medicaid and mental health. SEEK is state funding that stands for Support, Education, Excellence, in Kentucky.

Local leaders came together in support of the governor's plan from Fayette County Superintendent Stu Silberman to UK President Lee Todd.

Many of the local leaders are now calling for legislators to take action fast and support the governor's plan.

The local leaders really supported that increased cigarette tax not only to increase revenue in the state but as a health initiative.

The governor says he would like a resolution before the end of January.


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  • by Gerstaldt Location: just Kentucky on Dec 21, 2008 at 06:00 AM
    I hate to stir this old topic up, just how much money that we did not have get spent on road projects enacted by Ernie Fletcher and Bill Nighbert? Plus has anybody seen the all the money it has cost to defend good old Bill on the state dime. Oh wait, it probably doesn't come close to the amount the settlements on his behalf have cost. And for you people who believe Beshear promised you casinos, no, he did fail in his promise to allow us to vote on the decision to have them or not. But why should we be allowed to vote for that. Gonna stop before I ramble on.
  • by c Location: fkt on Dec 19, 2008 at 01:04 PM
    As a former state employee of 25 yrs, I can say without hestiation that the non-merit positions ALL need to go. There's not one of them that actually puts in a full day's work that cannot be accomplished by the rank & file employee. But that won't happen because those are the policital positions & no policitian will cut them. The lawmakers are just as guilty of filling those positions as the governor. I wonder like most of you, when smoker quit & not enough money is generated from the cig tax, then what will they tax next? The fairest tax is the sale tax: tax everything, cut out income tax all together, then raise the sale tax to 7- 10%, that way EVERYONE, rich or poor pays their fair share of taxes. The middle/working class can no longer suppose the poor & the rich! We are sick of taxes. We have to tighten our belts & so should the government! Schools included. These sports event should be cut out they have absolutely nothing to do with education & I have 2 children.
  • by working man Location: Pikeville on Dec 19, 2008 at 11:39 AM
    Why not cut spending like the working man has to do when taxes go up, gas prices increase, ulitily bills increase, food and other item go up for the businesses to cover theirself. It all rolls down to the little guy and I for one am sick of it. you guys in Frankfort need to learn to cut spending to balance the budget.
  • by steve on Dec 19, 2008 at 06:22 AM
    Oh sorry i thought this was the obama dialogue my bad but Beshear sucks to they are all the same government first liberals.
  • by Nathan A. on Dec 19, 2008 at 05:32 AM
    Broke by Taxes, I don't think any polictican keeps their promises. They say anything and everything to get elected. Once they are elected, they don't know you anymore.
  • by Broke By Taxes Location: Nicholasville on Dec 19, 2008 at 04:57 AM
    Didn't Steve Beshear say he would fix all of Kentucky's financial woes by bringing casinos into the state? I think alcohol should be taxed because there are more consumers of alcohol than tobacco. Of course, if Beshear had kept his campaign promises we wouldn't be in this situation now.
  • by john Location: ky on Dec 19, 2008 at 03:30 AM
    how did obama get in this story?i don`t smoke but i don't think cigarettes should be taxed every time the state runs out of money.but don't put all the blame on the democrats rember what the republican gov left us.no money.neither party could care less about us,the only thing they want is to get elected the next time.
  • by johnny Location: morgan on Dec 19, 2008 at 03:29 AM
    Hey why not tax all people since all people live in ky.i've worked for 30yrs and its been all the same tax,tax,taxes.You cant run goverment like a biznuss pay the mimual and tax the highestand get rich.The working kentuckyians has paid the way to long while the rich get richer and the workers get poorer.Ive never heard of someone suggesting you take off 3 days without pay to pay someones else's bills what about ours most can barley pay their's now.I bet bill people wont say we'll let you go for 3 months.Tax what should be taxed where all pay.That way all kentucky keepS up kentucky. It's got to where working people have to choose and pinch how they spend and a whole lot of people get it free.Like insurance state workers have to pay 500 or more a month while the same insurance at factory's and other places pay about 40 dollars a month for a family planand most get it free on a medical card they get a free ride .so spread it all around kentucky where all kenyucky pays.do we live under or,C
  • by maria Location: johnson county ky on Dec 18, 2008 at 04:29 PM
    just a few words on gov.beshear news conference on across state budget proposal..does the gov. think raising the cig, tax every few months is going to keep the state budget on going..they are forcing people to quit smoking and that is great..but then what happens to the tobacco growers..and where is the state getting their taxes from then to fund schools and medicaid..instead of taxing cigs. more the state needs to cut medicaid out on a lot of these young parents who are able to get a job and buy their own insurances.and also check out the ones who abuses the medicaid system by doctor shopping etc.these young people who fakes being bipolar and nerve problems needs to be made get a job.then they wouldn't have time to be nervous or stressed.medicaid is a good thing for people who really need it but alot of those people doesn't recieve it because they don't have children living in their home..something has to be done..tax payers cannot continue to pick up the cost of medicaid..
  • by steve on Dec 18, 2008 at 03:43 PM
    yea but Kara your liberal socialist congress buddy's are in charge and the economy has tanked since they won in 2006 and now Barny frank and Cris dodd that started this down fall and you socialist pat them on the back and put them right back at the reins you talk about smart. But i have to say Obama would make a better president than blue blood moderate McCain if not for palin he would have lost double digits we will have conservatism back now we are taking the garbage out in our party. And to all of you that don't remember Jimmy Carter well congratulations you will see him the next 4 years god help us all.
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