FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane Beshear, released 2011 state and federal income tax returns Friday that showed a total joint gross income of $197,154 — an increase of more than $30,000 from 2010.
That included $129,391 from Beshear's salary as governor and $24,106 from Social Security and investments.
The Beshears got a federal tax refund of $8,189. They reported $53,262 in total itemized deductions.
The couple gave $17,799 to charities and checked two designated donation boxes on their state taxes: $2 each to the Kentucky Democratic Party and $10 for breast cancer research.
The Herald-Leader reported in February that for the past two years, Jane Beshear had urged Kentuckians to check a box on their state income tax returns to support breast cancer research but had not done so personally.
Beshear at first refused to disclose his income tax returns during his 2007 race for governor. He later released a list of his assets and liabilities, then decided to make public his income tax returns.
The Beshears have released their tax returns each year since he has been governor.