Ky. Governor Overstepped in Cutting Higher Ed Budgets

September 23, 2016

Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky exceeded his authority in unilaterally cutting the budgets of the state's community colleges and universities last spring, the state's Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The court's 5 to 2 decision overturned a lower court's ruling in a lawsuit brought by the state's attorney general, Andy Beshear, with whom the governor has been clashing frequently, including over the makeup of university boards.

Bevin sought last spring to reduce the size of appropriations awarded to public institutions in the state by the General Assembly. The roughly $18 million he cut has been held in a separate account pending the Supreme Court's vote, the Louisville Courier Journal reported.

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