Beshear Asks For Infusion Of Aid In Budget Message

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s governor has proposed a quick infusion of aid into the state’s coronavirus-battered economy. Gov. Andy Beshear offered an ambitious budget plan to lawmakers Thursday evening in his annual State of the Commonwealth speech. He has proposed down-payments on raising salaries for teachers and boosting funding for public education. With the coronavirus pandemic still raging, Beshear urged the GOP-led legislature to quickly pass a separate virus relief bill. It includes $220 million in aid for small businesses. Beshear also proposed paying raises for state employees, full funding for Medicaid and increased funding to shore up the unemployment insurance system.