Gov-elect Bevin won't release tax records

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Governor-elect Matt Bevin spent Friday working the halls of the state Capitol.

Bevin began tackling a sizable agenda that could reshape some of the most hot-button issues in Kentucky.

The Louisville businessman went behind closed doors with leaders of both parties Friday. When he emerged to speak to reporters for 10 minutes afterward, he made some brief opening remarks before a reporter asked Bevin if he'll make good on his campaign vow to release his tax records.

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"I won't," Bevin said.

He then went on to tell the media what his first acts will be as governor. Bevin said he'll change marriage licenses so clerks won't have to sign them, a solution to the Kim Davis saga that gripped the national spotlight after the Rowan County clerk refused to sign the marriage certificate of a gay couple because of her religious beliefs.

"The argument that (it) cannot be done is baloney," Bevin said. "We've already changed those forms three times for crying out loud ... I do intend to make that change. We will take the names off those forms. We will do that by executive order. We will do it right out of the gate."

The other major issue Bevin faced questions about was his plan to dismantle Kynect Kentucky, the state version of President Obama's healthcare plan.

"We're not looking to make draconian moves," he said. "(But) under the existing model of re-imbursement, we are not going to continue to re-enroll people."

Bevin beat Democrat Jack Conway by about 85,000 votes in Tuesday's election, taking 53 percent of the vote to Conway's 44.

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