Gov. Beshear discusses impact of shutdown on Kentuckians
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear held a news conference Wednesday to discuss the impact of the federal government's partial shutdown on Kentuckians.
The governor said he is "disgusted and heartsick" about the shutdown, which is in its 16th day.
During his 10 minute speech, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear gave 900 million reasons why Congress should end the government shutdown.
"Our elected leaders seem to forget that their actions – or rather, inactions – have real effect on citizens,” said Gov. Beshear.
The governor's office says about $8 billion of federal funds flow through Kentucky's state government every year. While more than 85 percent of those funds are not impacted by the shutdown, Beshear pledged that state government would do its best to keep the programs that are affected operational.
Beshear added that the state might also be forced to furlough, or even lay off, employees who are paid using federal funds if the shutdown does not end soon.