An audience of nearly 300 people attended a town hall meeting Monday to ask questions and hear comments from Gov. Steve Beshear concerning the local community and the state alike.
...Beshear... touched on several controversial subjects during the meeting, including the hanging of the Ten Commandments in public schools and government buildings.
Former Gov. Fletcher issued an executive order during his term ordering that the document be hung in public schools.When asked whether he would support the action, Beshear said he would leave that decision up to the Kentucky Supreme Court.
“I personally from the state’s standpoint am not going to try to get us into a lawsuit or a bunch of lawsuits where I’ve got to spend your tax dollars on litigating that issues,” Beshear said. “We’ve got enough problems trying to educate our kids and get better health care for our people.”
“That’s what I’m going to try to concentrate on and whatever the Supreme Court says we’ll do then we’ll do,” he finished.
Several audience members asked about the limited funding afforded to state programs in the face of a nearly $1 billion shortfall in the state’s budget for the next two fiscal years, such as teachers’ and other state employees’ retirement pensions.
Beshear said he is working to promote preventative health care and wellness throughout the state in an effort to significantly reduce the cost of health insurance for state employees.“ ...
Saturday, July 26, 2008
This from the Commonwealth Journal: