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Gov. Beshear enumerates his accomplishments of administration
He says aggressive job creation efforts and stand against taxes paying off
By Kerri Richardson
News from State of Kentucky's Commonwealth News Center
Frankfort, KY - In his fourth State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Steve Beshear told lawmakers that responsible fiscal management, including holding the line against broad-based taxes and slashing more than $1 billion from the state budget, has enabled Kentucky to preserve core priorities and begin to recover from the global recession. At the same time, tireless and innovative job creation efforts have led to the creation and retention of thousands of jobs in every corner of the state.
"I have opposed broad-based tax increases in Kentucky, and I will continue to oppose them during this legislative session," said Gov. Beshear. "I will not threaten the survival and growth of our businesses at this perilous moment. I will not burden our families as they struggle to survive. And I will not jeopardize our fragile recovery."
Gov. Beshear told Kentuckians that he runs Frankfort like they run their family budgets - by working harder and spending less.
"My message to the people of the state is this: We are in this together - we will share your sacrifice because we work for you," said Gov. Beshear.
Since taking office, Gov. Beshear has:
Gov. Beshear discussed the following important legislative items for the 2011 legislative session:
Finally, Gov. Beshear paid tribute to Kentucky's men and women serving in active duty military and the Kentucky National Guard, both overseas and here at home, as well as their families. He noted that the Commonwealth has fielded the largest contingent among the states of soldiers, sailors and airmen in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan, and that over 20 percent of all U.S. forces in the Central Command area came from Fort Campbell and Fort Knox, from the Kentucky Air and Army National Guard, Marine Corps units at Fort Knox and the state's Army and Navy Reserve units. Since 9/11, the Kentucky National Guard has deployed more than 14,000 soldiers and airmen, and this summer, the Guard will deploy its largest contingent since World War II.
"I am awed by the courage, dedication and sacrifice of these soldiers and their families - just as every Kentuckian should be."
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