Beshear proposes spending increases for education, health care

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear delivers the budget address to a joint session of the state legislature at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP)- Tuesday evening, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear proposed spending increases for public education from kindergarten through college and for health care in his first budget plan.

Beshear’s proposal avoids spending cuts and counts on limited new revenues from taxes on cigarettes and sports betting. Beshear proposed a $2,000 pay raise for every public school teacher.

Beshear’s plan fully funds the state’s Medicaid program, including the Medicaid expansion that started when his father was governor.

He calls for a 1% increase in the funding formula for public K-12 schools.

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(This story was originally published on January 28, 2020)

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