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

Nick Storm

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  • Ricky Lee Williams Jr. wrote on January 25, 2018 04:59 PM :

    Can anyone tell me why KET did NOT cover this important hearing ? Anyone ? Can anyone tell me why if education is so important why the Senate Chair of the Education Committee , Sen. Max Wise was in the room down the hall , testifying on a terrorism bill at the exact same time as this hearing ? Can anyone tell me why we didn’t hold this in a joint committee so everyone got a chance to learn and ask these Presidents the questions that needs to be asked ?

    I am sorry but the lack of leadership in Frankfort is amazing to me. We get 5mins of clips and thats it. Who asked the questions ? What were the questions ? Good God what in the world is going on in Frankfort.. I am sick of the 2018 session and the way its being ran..

    KET needs to be asked what is going on here and how they decide which hearings to show. How do they contract out the men and women who record these hearings and the Chamber Floors ? By the hour , by the day , by the session, etc. There needs to be a hearing on this KET funding. There is no way they can make an excuse not to cover this hearing and so choose over this hearing instead show the one in the Senate on terrorism. Which is the more pressing issue in our state at the present time ? Terrorism or the lack of higher education funding in our Commonwealth ? Details matter and our leadership in with whoever is controlling KET don’t seem to be up to the task… RL

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