General Assembly

Bringing the budget home: Higher ed

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.

General Assembly ends

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.

Kynect hearing

The Senate Health & Welfare Committee will have a hearing to consider House Bill 5 and House Bill 6.

Jefferson County Chapter Meeting

Join us for our monthly chapter meeting. This month's meeting will focus on sustainability and clean energy.

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