Friday, March 11, 2016

Democrats say they will reject Bevin's college budget cuts

(AP) — Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the House will reject Gov. Matt Bevin's mid-year budget cuts to colleges and universities.

Bevin has proposed cuts of 4.5 percent in appropriations to state college and universities. This week, Morehead State University announced it would put its staff on five days of unpaid furlough to help make up the cuts, which amount to $1.9 million for the school.

Stumbo told reporters Friday the university might want to reverse that decision once it sees the spending plan the House is scheduled to approve next week. Morehead State Chief Financial Officer Beth Patrick said the university is monitoring the budget talks and will plan accordingly.


Bevin has said he will not sign a budget that does not include the cuts to colleges and universities.