Beshear to unveil his budget plan to lawmakers

Governor Andy Beshear

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear presents his budget plan to state lawmakers in a highly anticipated speech Tuesday night, culminating weeks of work since his election.

The Democratic governor has said his spending blueprint for the next two years will reflect his values.

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Support for public education is expected to top his list of priorities.

During last year’s campaign, Beshear pledged to push for an across-the-board $2,000 pay raise for public school teachers.

Another priority for state leaders is to start funding a school safety law.

Public pension obligations, health care needs and state corrections costs are other looming big-ticket items.