FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT/AP) – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has proposed spending increases for public education from kindergarten through college and for health care in his first budget plan.

“Public education is not only the key to breaking cycles of poverty for our families, it is the key to moving forward to the state,” Beshear said.

Beshear’s proposal avoids spending cuts and counts on limited new revenues from taxes on cigarettes and sports betting.

The Democratic governor unveiled his budget in a speech Tuesday evening to the Republican-led legislature.

Beshear proposed a $2,000 pay raise for every public school teacher. He calls for a 1% increase in the funding formula for public K-12 schools.

Beshear’s plan fully funds the state’s Medicaid program, including

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