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Beshear pushes for major investments in schools and new jobs

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Karyn Czar
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WUKY



Kentucky’s governor has pitched sweeping budget proposals to bolster the state’s competitiveness. Karyn Czar reports from Frankfort.

Gov. Andy Beshear is calling for more spending on economic development, social services and education. That includes his proposal for state-backed universal preschool.

Beshear says the state should seize opportunities created by revenue surpluses. He says Kentucky should add nearly $2 billion for education, raise state workers’ pay, prepare more industrial development sites and offer preschool for every 4-year-old.

Beshear presented his budget plans in a Thursday night speech to lawmakers. His proposals could clash with Republican plans to capitalize on excess revenues by revamping the tax code.