Beshear Outlines Future Plans

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

Governor-Elect Steve Beshear has a lot on his plate as he begins the transition into his new job.

The newly-elected governor faced the media in a press conference for the first time since being elected.

Topics ranged from a more ethical administration to possible budget concerns.

Beshear's administration will demonstrate new policies but won't totally erase measures taken by Fletcher's administration.

"We're not going to go in and wipe out programs just because the last administration started them. We'll evaluate them on their effectiveness and what they've been doing for people of the state," Beshear said.

He says his own administration will focus on their ethical standards.

"The buck has got to stop in the governor's office, the governor's chair, and I got to set and will set a high standard, a high-ethical standard. I'm going to get that standard for the folks we bring in for state governor and I'm going to expect that for myself and everyone around us," Beshear explained.

One thing he's concerned about is the current Cabinet's structure.

"Some of the Cabinets seem to be unyielding and some of them have Cabinets that may not make sense, but I'm going to take my time on that," he said.

He also has extreme uncertainty about the upcoming budget.

"I'm concerned both because of some of the articles I've read and the forecasts that have been made on upcoming revenues. Also because of second and third hand comments I have received from folks inside the government," Beshear added.

But these are just a small bit of the issues that Beshear will see during his term in office.

The soon-to-be governor says he also wants to start an audit of the state government as soon as possible.

Beshear will start naming new members of his staff Nov. 8.

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