Beshear proposes merger of education and labor cabinets

Kentucky

Frankfort State Capitol(WDKY)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said his administration is moving forward with a merger of the education and labor cabinets.

The Democratic governor said the current arrangement makes it difficult to remain competitive for some federal grants and also creates challenges with meeting certain federal standards.

Beshear also said that Kentucky’s pandemic-stressed unemployment insurance system “needs to be a part of a larger, more robust cabinet.”

The merger requires legislative approval from the state’s General Assembly, where Republicans hold veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers.

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