FRANKFORT — Over the next several weeks, Gov. Steve Beshear will highlight Kentucky’s successful partnerships and the many accomplishments of his administration with a series of in-depth “About Kentucky” videos.
In the first video, released today, Gov. Beshear addresses his concerted efforts to work in a bipartisan manner with legislative leaders.
The governor has successfully “reached across the aisle” to modernize the state’s economic development incentives programs; balance the budget 15 times; increase education funding; raise the state’s dropout age from 16 to 18; expand substance-abuse treatment and crack down on abuse of prescription painkillers and heroin; and put the pension system for state employees back on the path to stability.
“One of the things we did to restore Kentuckians’ faith in their government and to turn around a global recession was collaborating across party lines,” Beshear said. “Kentuckians want leaders who build bridges, not dams; who are motivated by the common good, not ideology. Over the last eight years, I’ve worked under this guiding principle: Government should work for its people.”
During his time in office, Beshear has released weekly video announcements entitled “About Kentucky” on his YouTube channel to communicate with Kentuckians on the many policy initiatives and legislative actions that directly benefit the Commonwealth.
“As governor, I’ve been diligent to share my vision for Kentucky, and one of the most effective ways I’ve done that is by providing a weekly video summary of programs and initiatives that are making our state and families stronger,” Beshear said. “In turning around Kentucky’s economy, Jane and I have partnered with so many individuals over the last eight years. We want to identify our successes and thank all those champions of Kentucky. The ‘About Kentucky’ video series is the ideal vehicle to do this.”
The series of videos will highlight successes in health care, education, job creation, public safety and tourism.
Next week’s “About Kentucky” commentary will focus on veterans.
As part of his goal to have an open and transparent administration, Beshear often live streams his press conferences via his YouTube channel. All the governor’s previous streamed press conferences and “About Kentucky” commentaries are archived on this website.
Individuals can follow the governor on his Twitter account and Facebook page. For photos of the governor, visit his Flickr page.