Kentucky AG says Murray State should get $960,500 in funding

State leaders continue to argue over education funding in Kentucky. 

A graphic posted Wednesday on the Kentucky attorney general’s Twitter page reads: "The Kentucky supreme court agrees with attorney general Andy Beshear that Gov. Bevin’s higher education cuts were unlawful. As a result, Murray State University should receive $960,500."

We have included a screenshot of the tweet, 

The money is part of $18 million Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin proposed be cut from state university budgets, which eventually led to a state supreme court’s ruling that the governor cannot cut the budgets of public colleges and universities without the state legislature’s approval.

On Wednesday, Bevin defended his proposal and its impact on your college students. 

"The fact of the matter is this. That 18 million was not going to help lower student tuition. Student tuition and student financial aid comes from the lottery funds," Bevin said. 

Bevin also announced the money is currently tied up in an escrow account, and it’s up to the state supreme court to release the money. 

Democrat state house speaker Greg Stumbo agreed.

"Supreme court has spoken, no need for that case. Once final and not appealed court will direct money to be paid," Stumbo said.

Bevin has about three weeks to appeal the court’s decision. No word yet on  if he will.

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