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

During his time in office, Gov. 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 $10.7 billion in new economic development investment and more than 58,000 new and retained jobs in the Commonwealth.

In 2013, Kentucky shattered its all-time export record, reaching $25.3 billion in sales of Kentucky-made products and services. The state’s annual export growth rate of 14 percent was second-highest in the nation and was well over the nationwide export growth average of 2 percent. This growth included a record year in motor vehicle exports, ranking Kentucky the third-highest auto-producing state in the country.

Balanced Budget without Raising Taxes

Clean and Ethical Government

Quality Education for All Students

Affordable and Accessible Health Care

Honoring our Veterans