Beshear says education is top priority for session

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he wants to pump more money into education and is willing to make budget cuts elsewhere to free up the money.
   
The governor also says he'll urge lawmakers to consider expanded gambling and a state tax overhaul in the General Assembly session that begins in January. But he won't include any assumed revenue from gambling or tax changes in the budget plan he presents to lawmakers.
   
Beshear talked to reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday about his priorities for the upcoming legislative session.
   
The governor listed education as his top priority and said he's determined to put more money into education.
   
He says the state risks losing its progress in education unless it reinvests money in schools.
   
Beshear didn't mention any specifics about possible budget cuts but said "everything is on the table."

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