Even though he has recommended a two-point-five percent cut to higher education in his new, two-year budget, Governor Beshear says reductions in appropriations to the state’s universities and community colleges can’t continue.
The Democrat says he’s been concerned about declining state support for higher education for the better part of a decade and additional investments are needed. He says they just aren’t possible at this time.
The governor told reporters Tuesday (Jan. 21) there’s one consolation to the cuts he’s proposing. He says at least the colleges and universities have other means of support.
“I mean, our agencies here that have been cut forty-one percent, they don’t have any way of going out and creating any more money. They don’t take private donations, they don’t get unexpected federal funds, they don’t get a lot of things that our universities do get. And so, they at least have the flexibility to adjust, but they’ve adjusted a lot over the last six years.” –Gov. Steve Beshear
The governor says he could not have recommended additional funding for primary and secondary schools without the reductions to higher education.