Op-Ed: Ky. GOP Rebuttal to Governor Beshear’s Recent Column
The following editorial is written by Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Mac Brown.
In a recent column, Democratic Governor Andy Beshear softens his response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Kentucky and tries to take credit for everything from state finances to vaccine distribution and more, while ignoring his own failures. Governor Beshear has even attempted to claim recognition for the reopening of schools and businesses – even as our students and our economy continue to struggle under his excessive influence and unilateral dictates. While inflating himself for political gain, it’s no surprise the governor ignores his many missteps – especially the massive UI scandal his administration has created.
Let’s put the record straight. Since Republicans took control of both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly in 2016, under the leadership of President David Osborne and President Robert Stivers, GOP lawmakers have continued to transform Kentucky into a vision of prosperity. They have enacted financially responsible budgets every year that invest in key priorities like education and fully fund teachers’ pensions after years of neglect by Democrats – while saving for a rainy day.
Once again this year, the Republican-led legislature passed – over politically motivated vetoes by Governor Beshear – a responsible spending plan that includes more than $ 5 billion for education (maintaining funding per student in the class at an all time high under Republican leadership) and make a historic investment in our state’s Rainy Day Fund of $ 958 million. It is dishonest of the governor to take credit for these accomplishments. Not only has he vetoed key parts of the Republican legislature’s budget; The governor’s proposals were nothing more than a long list of spending increases by major governments, calling for taxpayer dollars to be wasted amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When Fitch Ratings, one of the nation’s largest rating agencies, recently bolstered its rating of Kentucky’s financial outlook, Governor Beshear also tried to take credit for it. Again, he tries to pull the wool over Kentucky’s eyes. Thanks to the commitment of the Republican-led legislature to a disciplined and accountable budget approach to budgeting and allocating federal relief funds, the budgets passed allow Kentucky to better manage the current uncertainty over a stronger financial base.
Meanwhile, Governor Beshear used the vaccine like a political football, prioritizing doses for union members and its special interest allies while leaving educators and others on hold, against the Centers’ recommendations. for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from the United States. When the governor takes credit for the COVID-19 vaccinations, he fails to mention that it is under a Republican administration – President Donald Trump and Operation Warp Speed - and backed by Chief Mitch McConnell and Republicans in the Senate – who developed the fastest vaccine in modern history.
The facts are that when it comes to managing Kentucky’s response and recovering from the pandemic, Governor Beshear repeatedly leaves us behind compared to other states. Last spring it left us behind the curve when it comes to planning for a safe reopening – and even more than a year after the start of the pandemic, it continues to drag our feet while neighboring states are advancing.
Whether it’s Kentucky’s finances, vaccine distribution, or the safe reopening of our schools and businesses, Beshear is cheating his constituents. And in his latest column, Governor Beshear also completely ignored one of the most glaring and embarrassing failures of any administration we’ve seen – its massive backlog of UI claims and the multitude of scandals surrounding its mismanagement. .
Under Governor Beshear’s lack of leadership, failures continue to plague the UI office more than a year after he ordered more than a million Kentuckians out of work. Since then, the governor has allowed a huge backlog of unemployment insurance claims to build up while ignoring hundreds of thousands of calls for help, breaking federal rules and letting even politically connected people skip the line. for benefits.
The truth is, Governor Andy Beshear’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been simply disastrous for countless hard-working Kentucky families and businesses. Instead of leading, Governor Andy Beshear just copies Republicans’ duties and returns them with his name on them.