Attorney General-elect Andy Beshear pledges to work with new governor

11/18/2015 05:47 PM

LEXINGTON – Democratic Attorney General-elect Andy Beshear has pledged to work with Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin during the next four years on issues concerning the commonwealth.

Beshear made the comments on Tuesday in Lexington at the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACO) annual conference.

“While the attorney general is not the governor’s lawyer, and he’s not the legislature’s lawyer, he’s the people’s lawyer, and you do have a duty to provide advice and guidance when requested, and I am absolutely going to do that each and every day in this job,” Beshear said. “You know, the people of Kentucky elected some Democrats and some Republicans. They expect us to work together.”

Beshear also pledged bipartisan cooperation with Republican State Auditor-elect Mike Harmon in lowering the number of untested rape kits in the commonwealth.

Currently there are 3,090 kits which have not been tested.

“We are committed in the attorney general’s office to making sure that we follow-up, investigate, and prosecute every single DNA hit that we get back,” Beshear said. “I’ve already talked to Mike Harmon, and he’s on board, and we’re going to have a good relationship.”

Gov. Steve Beshear also addressed the KACO members and highlighted his administrations work in lowering the state’s unemployment rate which he reported dropped to 4.9 percent in October.

The governor also said one of the key items moving forward is to provide companies, who are currently located in, or are planning to move to Kentucky, with an educated workforce.

The governor relayed the number one message that he gets from CEO’s who are looking at expanding or relocating.

“The thing that will be the determinate of where we go and where we locate and be as successful as we can be is the quality of your workforce,” Gov. Beshear said. “Companies want to know when they locate in a community, or expand an existing operation, that they will have access to a quality workforce.”

The governor ended his speech looking ahead, telling the crowd that the state is moving in a positive direction and it would be a mistake to halt or change direction.

“In order to really achieve the results that we all want in that long range strategy, we’ve got to keep our foot on the accelerator and not put it on the brakes,” Gov. Beshear said.


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