Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear stopped by to deliver gifts to 67 children on a special visit to Kentucky Children's Hospital. Those gifts were new toys donated by members of the governor's office staff.
Christmas may still be a few days away, but Governor Steve Beshear is already looking ahead to his New Year's resolutions. "The budget is going to be the biggest thing we do for the next two years because it has so much policy in it," Beshear said, "So many decisions have to be made on what we're going to do for the next year."
Education reform ranks high among the governor's top priorities. "I want to make sure that we raise the dropout age for our kids in high school and keep them in school until they're 18 instead of allowing them to dropout at 16" he said.
Another of the governor's main goals is to get expanded gaming on the ballot for Kentuckians to vote directly one way or another. "We're losing so much revenue across our rivers into our adjoining states that we ought to be keeping right here at home and educating our kids better and building more roads and libraries and schools and all of the things that would help us with a better quality of life," Beshear said.
As lawmakers across the state prepare to return to Frankfort after the holidays, Governor Beshear says the coming months will be critical for the commonwealth.
Governor Beshear insists that in addition to his policy goals, a key new year's resolution remains spending more time with his family.