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Beshear Calls on Incoming Legislature to Make Drug Epidemic Top Priority

Andy Beshear, Matt Bevin, official photos

Kentucky’s top law enforcement officer is calling on the new Republican state legislature to fight the emerging threat of synthetic drug abuse instead of rescuing a failing public pension system. 

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear said Tuesday the drug epidemic is the state’s single greatest problem.

Republican Governor Matt Bevin has said the pension system and its more than $30 billion dollar debt is the administration's top priority.

Beshear said while the retirement system must be fixed, a pension "hasn't killed anyone's father or mother."

Beshear and Bevin have had a series of feuds this past year, with Beshear suing Bevin three times.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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