Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bevin restores some money to colleges and universities

(AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has restored some state funding to public colleges and universities.

Bevin had ordered spending cuts of 4.5 percent over the next three months for all state colleges and universities. He wants to spend the money on the state's public pension debt instead.

On Tuesday, Bevin revised those cuts to 2 percent for most institutions. He completely restored funding for Kentucky State University. He said he revised the cuts as part of an agreement reached with college and university presidents on April 8 during negotiations over the state budget.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has sued Bevin over the cuts. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday. Beshear said Wednesday that Bevin's cuts are still illegal.

Bevin has asked a judge to dismiss the case.