Governor flies around state to rally support; drums up Republican criticism

From one Kentucky airport to another, a message against Senate Republicans. “They’ve all voted to cut education. All voted to cut UK, EKU,” said Beshear of those who voted for the Senate plan.

Governor Steve Beshear says he’ll fly to 9 cities in two days to drum up support for his plan, also passed by the House to balance a Medicaid budget shortfall with next year’s Medicaid money.
“This doesn’t have anything to do with the Governor’s Race. Has to do with kids of this state,” said Beshear.

“The Governor is flying around on the taxpayer’s dollar. While we showed up to work,” countered Sen. David Williams from his Frankfort office. The Senate President is challenging the Governor to a televised debate. “To meet me on KET, face to face, to put both sides before people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Williams.

Beshear claims he can find savings in the Medicaid budget’s second year through managed care but Williams says government needs to be cut. “But he is going over there and reducing the appropriation to a level that nobody believes he can accomplish in that time period,” said Williams of the Governor’s ideas.

“Over 80% of the legislature says they agree with our proposal to balance with Medicaid money,” said Beshear.

No word yet on when the session will end, but it takes 5 days for one issue to clear both chambers.

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