Attorney general threatens suit over budget cuts
FRANKLIN, Ky. (AP) —
Kentucky’s attorney general is calling Gov. Matt Bevin’s mid-year budget cuts to higher education illegal and has demanded the governor rescind the order.
Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear announced at a news conference on Friday afternoon that he will give the Republican governor seven days to reverse the order before filing litigation.
Bevin ordered cuts of 4.5 percent for all public colleges and universities on Thursday. His move came as House and Senate leaders failed to reach an agreement on a two-year spending plan.
Beshear said state law allows mid-year budget cuts to universities only if there is a declared revenue shortfall, which there is not.
He released a statement Friday that said "the governor’s unilateral action in cutting the appropriated funding of colleges, universities and community colleges was outside of his authority."