July 17 was a great day. Not because it was 80 with pretty blue skies, but because I had the honor and opportunity to converse with Kentucky State Representative-Elect Attica Scott. I experienced firsthand her bright personality during our interview, sunny spirit and clear confidence when she met constituents during our tour of District 41. I saw her thunder advocacy skills during KFTC's Preserving Kentucky Medicaid ad hoc meeting, and personable professionalism to the highest degree! Yes, I'm a fan!
I'm also pretty spontaneous. So of course we began our conversation with a "celebration" of Attica Scott's victory on being our state's first African-American woman elected to Kentucky's legislature since 2000!
Kentucky’s state colleges and universities are reeling from Governor Matt Bevin’s unilaterally imposed 2 percent late fiscal year budget cut, and in the face of 4.5 percent budget cuts as of July 1, and another 4.5 percent cut again next year. (The state’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.)
Here are some impacts so far:
Morehead State University’s employees are on unpaid furlough for five days, and 65 positions have been cut.
The University of Kentucky is expecting to lay off 90 staff. UK also is rolling back its subsidies for county extension agents’ benefits. County governments, if they can, will be expected to make up the difference.
Eastern Kentucky University is implanting a 5 percent tuition increase, a hiring freeze and reducing employee benefits.
Murray State University is eliminating 42 positions.
Northern Kentucky University is eliminating 105 positions.
And the Kentucky Community and Technical College system is losing 506 positions across the state.
This is the last scheduled day for the 2016 General Assembly. The Hosue and Senate are scheduled to go into session at 11 a.m. and could meet until midnight, if necessary.