House budget subcommittee hears from university presidents on impact of budget reductions, program defunding

01/25/2018 04:17 PM

FRANKFORT — Multiple cancer and public health related programs are at risk under Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget, which slashes funding for multiple state agencies — including postsecondary education.

Dozens crowded into the House budget review subcommittee room this morning in Frankfort to hear from the presidents of the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and Kentucky State University. All three presidents, Dr. Eli Capiluto, Dr. Gregory Postel and Dr. Christopher Brown, detailed how the 6.25 percent budget reduction would quickly compound and affect post secondary education, and the health of Kentuckians.

Capiluto told the committee the total cut for UK is actually closer to 10 percent of the budget. On top of those cuts, University of Kentucky is seeking clarification on so-called pass through cuts.

In addition, programs such as the UK Regulatory Services program, had their program slashed by $1.8 million dollars.

Over at the University of Louisville they’re also getting hit hard in the governor’s budget. Interim University of Louisville President Greg Postel also testified before the committee Thursday morning talking about the number of programs they will also have reduced or cut under the proposal. One program being slashed is meant to save lives, and study lung cancer — it was put in place by the General Assembly, and funded through tobacco settlement dollars.

The cuts to the University of Louisville, would bring the institution back to the level of funding they received in 1998.

Frankfort based Kentucky State University will also be hurt in the budget reduction, said their president Dr. Christopher Brown II.

Lawmakers on the panel said the Governor’s request is just a guideline for their revisions, and they hope to hold education harmless

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