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Governor Steve Beshear to hold town meetings across state

Governor Steve Beshear says he is willing to talk and listen to people throughout the state. The governor is trying to regain footing he lost during his first seven months in office.

In that time, he passed a budget but was criticized for having two failed agendas and being detached from the legislative session. He says the summer months give him an opportunity to get out and listen.

Governor Steve Beshear says, "I think that I can learn a lot and get out and listening to what the people have on their minds, what is going on in their lives and what they feel like state government out to be doing to help them."

Governor Steve Beshear will begin his cross-state mission later this week. He spent part of this weekend in Philadelphia at the National Governor's Association Convention where the key topic was improving energy consumption. It's an issue that resonates with everyone.

Gary Hughes, Louisville resident says, "Basically it's the energy, it's the gas, it's gas prices.  Maybe if we could get some lower gas prices someone in there to fight to have our gas prices lower a lot low income families wouldn't be struggling as much."

Gary says he works two jobs to help the combat the rising costs in fuel. For Alan Hauss his thoughts turn to jobs. Both of his children were forced to move for work, leaving him less time to spend with his grandchildren.

Hauss says, "I'm concerned about jobs, I'm retired but I know the people who work are concerned about it. Ford plant and GE people are worried. A lot of those satellite companies are losing people."

The thoughts of both these men are just a sampling of what Governor Beshear can expect to hear over the coming weeks. Complaints about high gas prices, the uncertainty the surrounds manufacturing jobs and the growing cost of college tuition and healthcare.

Beshear says, "The main thing is I want to be accessible to people. I think when you get into office many times you get surrounded by your own staff and you don't become accessible to people as you ought to be."

The governor will begin town meetings after having finished a well-received special session on pension reform and a spring legislative session where he failed to garner support for an increased cigarette tax or casino legislation. Beshear was reluctant to say if another special session is in the works.

Beshear says, "We've got a situation now where we will see how the economy goes and see what revenues come in before we make any decisions before we make any revenue processes."

The governor's 12-city tour begins in Pikeville on Thursday and runs through August 20 in Paducah. No Louisville dates have been set thus far. Shepherdsville your closest option.

 

Governor's Town Hall Meetings:
July 17: Pikeville
July 21: Somerset
July 28: Ashland
July 31: Madisonville
August 5: Shepherdsville
August 6: Bowling Green
August 11: Owensboro
August 12: Hazard
August 14: Covington
August 18: Henderson
August 19: Murray
August 20: Paducah

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