Beshear says focus will be on jobs and education in final session as governor

08/24/2014 09:00 AM

Gov. Steve Beshear says he will continue to focus on the “basic tools” that Kentucky has to have to compete among the top states in the country in his final 16 months in office.

Beshear said the state is breaking through the last vestiges of the economic downturn which will help fuel expansion of jobs and businesses in the state.

“We’re going to continue to create great jobs for our people. We are coming out of this great recession pretty rapidly now and things are beginning to grow and expand, and we’ve got to get people back to work and we’ve been pretty successful at that,” Beshear said.

As jobs grow Beshear said his administration would also focus on education reform in the state.

“We’re also going to continue to concentrate on education reform. We’ve done a great deal on that over the last seven years and we’re now one of the leaders in the nation on education reform,” Beshear said.

The Governor’s Communications Director, Kerri Richardson, told Pure Politics on Friday that Beshear would shape the education initiative by preparing students for college and the workplace and focusing on preschool programs for more kids.

“Gov. Beshear will continue to work to strengthen the school-to-career pipeline by better aligning curriculum with the expectations of post-secondary education and the demands of the 21st century economy. He will also keep pushing to increase access to quality preschool programs for more Kentucky children,” Richardson said.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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