Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear proposes quick virus aid in budget plan

Gov. Beshear delivers State of the Commonwealth and budget address

LOUISVILLE, 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.

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