Gov. Beshear delivers State of the Commonwealth Address

Governor Andy Beshear gave the State of the Commonwealth Address on Wednesday evening, January 4.
Governor Andy Beshear gave the State of the Commonwealth Address on Wednesday evening, January 4.
Published: Jan. 2, 2023 at 9:12 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2023 at 6:25 PM CST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear gave the State of the Commonwealth Address on Wednesday evening, January 4.

The governor delivered the address at 6 p.m. to a joint session of the Kentucky State Senate and House of Representatives.

“2023 provides a special opportunity for the state and for this legislative session to change everything for the better,” Gov. Beshear said. “To be the generation that puts aside partisanship and ushers Kentucky into a new era of prosperity.”

Among the issues that Beshear discussed were advancements on infrastructure projects, inceasing public safety and expanding access to health care.

The Governor is proposing an increase in pay for state workers and a 1.5% increase in pension payments for state’s retired employees.

He is proposing a $100 million investment in the state employment retirement system and another $100 million to pay down the unfunded Teachers’ Retirement System.

He has also asked the legislature to legalze medical cannabis.

“If we double down right now. Lead with our values and put politics aside – there is nothing that we cannot achieve. Our future is brighter than it’s ever been,” he said.

The address was at the House Chambers at the Kentucky State Capitol.