Bevin, Beshear take college funding dispute to Supreme Court
FRANKFORT, KY (AP) —
Kentucky’s Republican governor and Democratic attorney general are preparing to take their dispute over state funding for public colleges and universities to the state’s highest court.
The state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday in a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Steve Beshear over Gov. Matt Bevin’s decision to reduce the allotments of the state’s public colleges and universities.
Beshear says the state legislature controls state spending, and Bevin’s order reducing the institutions’ allotments by $17.8 million was illegal because lawmakers didn’t approve it.
Bevin argues lawmakers give money to state agencies and the governor, as the state’s chief executive, can order some of those agencies not to spend all of it. A state judge ruled in Bevin’s favor in May.
The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m.