Beshear touts spending relief funds on hurting Kentuckians

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear has proposed nearly $700 million in direct aid to small businesses and low-income Kentuckians. It’s part of a plan he presented to lawmakers for spending about $2.4 billion in federal pandemic aid being funneled to the state. The Democratic governor has been negotiating with leaders of the Republican-dominated legislature on how to use the infusion of federal relief. Kentucky’s leaders face a tight timeline. Lawmakers are set to reconvene Monday for the last two days of the session. The governor proposed allocating $475 million in direct aid to qualifying low-income households. It would provide $500 assistance payments.