Governor Steve Beshear http://wkyufm.org en Tatman Chosen To Lead Kentucky Auto Industry Association http://wkyufm.org/post/tatman-chosen-lead-kentucky-auto-industry-association <p>The former manager of the General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green has been tapped to lead the new Kentucky Auto Industry Association. The appointment of Dave Tatman as executive director was announced Tuesday.&nbsp;<br /><br />Tatman has been involved in the auto industry for nearly 35 years and led the Corvette Assembly Plant from 2010 until his retirement earlier this year.&nbsp;<br /><br />The state’s Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes chairs the Auto Industry Association, which was formed earlier this year by Governor Steve Beshear.&nbsp; The group is tasked with promoting the auto industry in Kentucky, a state which produced more than a million vehicles in 2013.<br /> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:00:05 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 50396 at http://wkyufm.org Tatman Chosen To Lead Kentucky Auto Industry Association ShopHQ To Double Size Of Bowling Green Distribution, Call Center http://wkyufm.org/post/shophq-double-size-bowling-green-distribution-call-center <p>ShopHQ is expanding its distribution and call center in Bowling Green.&nbsp; The governor’s office says the $25 million investment is expected to bring 150 new, full-time jobs to Warren County. &nbsp;<br /><br />ShopHQ, which originally moved to town in 1997, is planning to start work immediately to expand its 260,000 square foot center on Nashville Rd.<br /><br />When it’s complete in 2015, the center will be 600,000 square feet.&nbsp; ShopHQ is receiving up to $480,000 dollars in tax incentives from the state.<br /> Fri, 16 May 2014 19:11:32 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 48154 at http://wkyufm.org ShopHQ To Double Size Of Bowling Green Distribution, Call Center Kentucky House Budget Plan Mirrors Beshear's Blueprint, Including Education Funding Requests http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-house-budget-plan-mirrors-beshears-blueprint-including-education-funding-requests <p></p><p>A budget proposal to be unveiled by the Kentucky &nbsp;House of Representatives will closely resemble the $20 billion biennial budget outlined by Gov. Steve Beshear.</p><p>House Appropriations and Revenue chair Rick Rand says that that chamber’s budget will be virtually the same as the governor’s, specifically in the area of education. It &nbsp;largely preserves Beshear’s requests for the funding formula known as SEEK &nbsp;and implements raises for teachers.</p><p>He says that the biggest differences between the House’s proposal and the governor’s plan include rejecting new fees for county property valuation administrators, as well factoring in pay hikes for Legislative Research Commission staff despite cuts to that agency.</p><p>“The challenges we had to face were twofold. One was the PVA issue, which obviously we didn’t accept. And then we really felt that, you know, with the governor just took the LRC budget and cut it five percent. it didn’t allow for state employees pay raises, or LRC employee pay raises, or increased cost of retirement, so we added those in.”</p><p>Rand says the committee will likely pass a budget bill Tuesday, and he expects the full House to approve the measure on Wednesday.</p><p>After that, it will head to the Republican-led Senate. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:40:01 +0000 Jonathan Meador 44848 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky House Budget Plan Mirrors Beshear's Blueprint, Including Education Funding Requests Gov. Beshear Explains Decision to Appeal Same-sex Marriage Ruling http://wkyufm.org/post/gov-beshear-explains-decision-appeal-same-sex-marriage-ruling <p>Gov. Steve Beshear says his appeal of a judge's order to recognize same-sex marriages is meant to clarify the law. Beshear acknowledges that marriage equality supporters are disappointed with his decision to mount an appeal, even though Attorney General Jack Conway has opted not to.<br /><br />Beshear says the appeal is needed to get the matter settled as quickly as possible and without Conway on the case, Beshear has sent out a request for proposals for attorneys to handle the state’s appeal.</p><p>While he refuses to state his personal opinion on gay marriage, Beshear contends that an appeal is the quickest way to get the matter settled, and that he and Conway simply reached different conclusions.</p><p>“We had a lot of conversations about this issue, and as I said, he wrestled with it, and I wrestled with it,” said Beshear.&nbsp; “We ended up coming to different conclusions. And I respect the decision he made, and I think he respects mine.”<br /> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:44:15 +0000 Jonathan Meador 44676 at http://wkyufm.org Gov. Beshear Explains Decision to Appeal Same-sex Marriage Ruling Kentucky, Tennessee Governors On State Dinner Guest List http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-tennessee-governors-state-dinner-guest-list <p>Both Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam were among the guests at the White House's state dinner honoring French president Francois Hollande Tuesday night. Beshear and his wife Jane also participated in the arrival ceremony for the French president.</p><p>Beshear said it was a wonderful opportunity for the state anytime a Governor can be in the same room with so many leaders. France is the seventh-largest consumer of Kentucky products. It's the second time in recent weeks Beshear has found himself in the Washington spotlight. He was among the guests who sat with First Lady Michelle Obama at President Obama's State of the Union speech.</p><p>Haslam last month blamed scheduling conflicts for missing a planned tarmac meeting with Obama when he visited a Nashville high school for a speech, but that didn't stop the Republican Governor from being among the 350 people at last night's glitzy affair. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:53:24 +0000 Associated Press 43717 at http://wkyufm.org Beshear Offers Tax Overhaul Plan http://wkyufm.org/post/beshear-offers-tax-overhaul-plan <p>Gov. Steve Beshear has proposed sweeping changes to Kentucky's tax code that include lowering tax rates for individuals and businesses and expanding the sales tax to more services.<br /><br />The state's cigarette tax would increase to $1 a pack under the plan.<br /><br />Beshear said Tuesday his package includes 22 changes to the tax system. He calls it a "beginning point" in discussions with lawmakers to modernize the tax system to make Kentucky more competitive.<br /><br />The Democratic governor proposes applying the state sales tax to labor charged to fix such personal property as automobiles and computers.<br /><br />The sales tax also would apply to admissions to fitness centers and golf courses under the plan.<br /><br />Beshear says his plan would increase state General Fund revenues by nearly $210 million per year once fully implemented.<br /> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:18:34 +0000 Associated Press 43344 at http://wkyufm.org Beshear Offers Tax Overhaul Plan Beshear Says Education is Top Priority for Session http://wkyufm.org/post/beshear-says-education-top-priority-session <p>Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he wants to pump more money into education and is willing to make budget cuts elsewhere to free up the money.</p><p>The governor also says he'll urge lawmakers to consider expanded gambling and a state tax overhaul in the General Assembly session that begins in January. But he won't include any assumed revenue from gambling or tax changes in the budget plan he presents to lawmakers.</p><p>Beshear talked to reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday about his priorities for the upcoming legislative session.</p><p>The governor listed education as his top priority and said he's determined to put more money into education.</p><p>He says the state risks losing its progress in education unless it reinvests money in schools.</p><p>Beshear didn't mention any specifics about possible budget cuts but said "everything is on the table."<br /> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:39:20 +0000 Associated Press 41340 at http://wkyufm.org Beshear Says Education is Top Priority for Session Beshear Bashes Florida Governor's Recruitment Effort http://wkyufm.org/post/gov-beshear-bashes-florida-governors-recruitment-effort <p>Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is ripping into Florida Gov. Rick Scott over what he calls a "crude" effort to lure businesses to the Sunshine State.<br>&nbsp;<br>Beshear on Monday sent a letter to Scott criticizing the Republican governor's attempt to get companies to relocate. He called the effort in "poor taste" and also said some of the information Scott sent to Kentucky businesses was misleading and false.<br>&nbsp;<br>Scott has sent letters to business leaders in several states contending that they should book a "one way" ticket to Florida. He has argued that companies should take advantage of the state's tax structure.<br><br>Beshear in his letter says "my advice to you, as a fellow governor, is to focus on your state and its people, and I'll focus on my mine." Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Associated Press 35816 at http://wkyufm.org Beshear Bashes Florida Governor's Recruitment Effort Edelen Says He'll Support Grimes, Not Ashley Judd, For U.S. Senate Race http://wkyufm.org/post/edelen-says-hell-support-grimes-not-ashley-judd-us-senate-race <p>Ashley Judd is the most discussed potential Democratic candidate to challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell' for his seat in 2014, but not all Kentucky Democratic statewide officers are supporting the idea. Auditor Adam Edelen said he'll be encouraging and supporting Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state, for the 2014 senate race -- because of Grimes' focus on state, not national, issues. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:51:03 +0000 22389 at http://wkyufm.org Edelen Says He'll Support Grimes, Not Ashley Judd, For U.S. Senate Race Democrats Enlist Beshear for TV Ads in House Races http://wkyufm.org/post/democrats-enlist-beshear-tv-ads-house-races <p>Kentucky House Democrats are enlisting Governor Steve Beshear for electoral help. In addition to fundraisers and public appearances with candidates, Governor Steve Beshear is now appearing in TV ads asking for broad support for House Democrats. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:18:41 +0000 21200 at http://wkyufm.org