The Chatter: Beshear's savings, Mongiardo's new son and more education funding

10/03/2011 04:02 PM

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshea spent Monday attending economic announcements, but while the governor was away, his staff has churned out news releases from Frankfort.

Earlier today, the governor’s office announced that the state would start self-insuring state vehicles. Beshear’s office said that would save taxpayer’s $750,000 a year.

“By insuring our vehicles in-house, we are able to protect and cover our employees and state property at a significant savings to taxpayers,” Beshear said in a release.

The move insures 12,500 vehicles and equipment, including haulers and trailers.

Mongiardos have second child

On the other side of the Capitol, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and his wife, Allison, welcomed their second child.

Cannon Patrick Mongiardo was born last Wednesday, Sept. 28, according to Mongiardo’s office.

But the best part of the news release may be the fact that Mongiardo said he’s looking to to “playing Mr. Mom.” Mongiardo talked about that at the start of his interview on Pure Politics last week.

CPE lands education grant

Kentucky’s Council for Postsecondary Education landed a $26.9 million grant to help better prepare students for college, according to a joint announcement from the CPE and Beshear’s office.

The grant is to help 7th graders get better prepared for college and is called GEAR UP, which stands for gaining early awareness and readiness for undergraduate programs.

“This is a huge win for college readiness in Kentucky,” Beshear said in a statement. “Out of the 47 existing GEAR UP states, only 19 states received new awards. We are pleased that Kentucky’s proposal was given a near perfect score with 111 points out of a possible 112.”

It is the third time Kentucky has received a GEAR UP award. Kentucky previously received similar grants for $10 million and $21 million.

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