FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Steve Beshear is renewing his push for revamping Kentucky's tax code and legalizing expanded gambling as ways to raise more revenue to meet the state's pressing needs after years of budget cuts.
In his annual State of the Commonwealth speech Tuesday night, Beshear said Kentucky can't continue making progress without meeting its needs in education, health care and human services.
Beshear told a joint session of the House and Senate that he will present a tax modernization proposal during the legislative session that started Tuesday. He says it will include a proposed constitutional amendment that would give Kentucky cities and counties the authority to impose a local sales tax.
He's also repeating his request for a ballot measure allowing voters to decide whether to legalize casino gambling.
To read Governor Beshear's entire State of the Commonwealth address click here.