Posts Tagged ‘Kenny Colston’

KET and WEKU Present Legislative Session Wrap-up Program

Monday, March 11th, 2013

(Editor’s note, March 13: The broadcast described by Bill was filmed by KET. You can watch it below.)

The Eastern Kentucky University FM radio stations (WEKU) and KET combined forces to present a special interactive program discussing the issues and accomplishments of the 2013 Kentucky legislative session. I’ll be on the radio with WEKU’s Program Director John Hingsbergen for the hour-long program Tuesday morning, March 12 from 11 am ET until noon on WEKU FM stations. The 2013 Legislative Wrap program may include a number of guests depending their availability on the last day of the session.
If you missed the radio program, we filmed it. You can see it here:

Invitations have been sent to Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Terry Brooks. Legislative leaders have also been invited to participate.

KET’s Renee Shaw and Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston will also take part in the program, adding their assessments and analyses of the 30-day “short session” of the General Assembly.

Listeners are invited to participate in the program by sending questions or comments in advance or during the show by e-mail to WEKU (at) eku.edu or by direct message on Twitter to: @889weku

The Governor’s Budget Speech Tuesday Night

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

How would you like to be Governor Steve Beshear’s speech writer today? Or worse yet, his state budget staff? A cursory examination of the task they have before them would scare the bark off an oak tree.

Governor Beshear is more than likely reviewing his notes for tonight’s address before a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly, which begins at 7/6 CT and will be broadcast live on KET. Two weeks ago, he spoke to lawmakers in his State of the Commonwealth speech. In that address, he outlined a few programs and legislation he would like to promote this session: expanded gambling, raising the graduation age of school kids to 18, and beginning to work on a tax reform plan. Tonight, in his State of the Budget speech, his main job will be to talk about how he’s going to pay for those programs.

But this speech is likely to have a different tone, and lawmakers are already preparing to listen for that one. Beshear’s inflection tonight will be as sharp as the pair of scissors he will have use on a two-year state budget that staffers have said could be lean and bare-bones. His spokesperson Kerri Richardson said today that the Governor has warned that budget numbers are so miserable that Kentuckians should expect deep and painful cuts in most areas of state spending.

Ouch! Miserable? Deep cuts? Words no one wants to hear. How can Kentucky, a rural, poor state still trying to pull itself out of a deep recession, suffer more?

Tonight, we will find out.

Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston joins me for analysis before and after the speech. My colleague Renee Shaw will have reaction from lawmakers, too. Again, the speech is live on KET at 7/6 CT.


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