Office of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

Minimum Wage Increase for State Workers

Beginning July 1, 2015, every person working for the executive branch of state government will earn at least $10.10 per hour, except for tipped employees whose wages will be more than doubled to $4.90 per hour.


Kentucky Brings Home Coveted Governor's Cup

Thanks to record-breaking economic development efforts, Kentucky placed first nationally in Site Selection magazine’s annual Governor’s Cup rankings for new and expanded industry activity per capita in 2014.


State Properties Now Tobacco-Free

Citing Kentucky’s continued worst state ranking in smoking and cancer deaths, Governor Steve Beshear implemented a new policy in Nov. 2014, directing that all executive branch state property campuses be tobacco-free.


Shaping Our Appalachian Region

In an effort to focus on the future success of southern and eastern Kentucky, Gov. Beshear and Rep. Rogers organized the SOAR Summit to gather ideas and recommendations about how to move Kentucky’s Appalachian region forward.


A National Model for Health Coverage

kynect has been hailed as a national model since its launch for its smooth operation and easy interface. With approximately 640,000 uninsured Kentuckians prior to open enrollment, kynect is helping ensure access to quality, affordable care.


Early Childhood

From Race to the Top to preschool screening, Gov. Beshear believes the best opportunities for Kentucky’s future lie in providing the best early childhood programs for Kentucky’s kids.


Putting Kentucky First

Attracting and Growing Jobs

Governor Beshear has brought Kentucky successfully through a historic recession by making the Commonwealth a leader in job creation. Since implementing Incentives for a New Kentucky (INK) legislation in July 2009, Gov. Beshear has announced more than $11.3 billion in new economic development investment and more than 60,000 new and retained jobs in the Commonwealth.

In fact, Kentucky’s economy is breaking records. Last year, companies announced plans to invest more than $3.7 billion in the Commonwealth, the most investment in the state’s recorded history. These investments are one of the many reasons Kentucky received Site Selection magazine’s coveted Governor’s Cup for the most economic activity per capita in 2014.

Kentucky companies are making products that are being sold to 191 nations across the globe. Last year, the state’s exports reached $27.5 million, an all-time high and four times the national average. In the past two years, 35 percent of new investment and 27 percent of new jobs came from foreign direct investment projects, accounting for 20 percent of Kentucky’s newly announced economic development projects.

Gov. Beshear is partnering with Congressman Hal Rogers and the Center for Rural Development to extend high-speed broadband Internet access to the farthest reaches of the Commonwealth. This will build nearly 3,000 miles of fiber infrastructure, incorporating the best available technology, solidifying Kentucky’s place in the new global economy.

Affordable and Accessible Health Care

Building and Restoring Critical Infrastructure

Quality Education for All Kentuckians

Balanced Budget without Raising Taxes

Clean and Ethical Government

Honoring our Veterans