Beshear has presided over some of the most challenging economic times in recent memory, overseeing more than $1.6 billion in state budget cuts during the economic recession. But the governor sounded a more optimistic note this year, highlighting the state's recent economic successes to set the table for the Democratic Party's nominee for governor.
With Republicans in control of the state Senate and Democrats clinging to an eight-seat majority in the House, Beshear called in prepared text for lawmakers to put aside their partisan affiliations to pass laws that would benefit the state.
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