Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Latest on Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's attempt to cut funding for colleges and universities

(AP) — Three Democratic state representatives have asked to join a lawsuit against Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

Bevin ordered state appropriations for colleges and universities reduced by 4.5 percent for the final three months of the fiscal year. That leaves institutions a total of about $41 million less than state lawmakers voted to give them.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear sued Bevin to stop the order. Tuesday, State Reps. Jim Wayne, Mary Lou Marzian and Daryl Owens, all of Louisville, filed a motion in Franklin County Circuit Court asking to join the lawsuit.

The three lawmakers say Bevin is violating the separation of powers and other principles of state and federal law.

A hearing on the case is scheduled for April 21.