Budget outline in Frankfort

Frankfort, KY – A state budget outline unveiled Thursday by Kentucky House leaders requires universities to trim spending two-percent in each year of the next biennium. But House budget chairman Rick Rand says lawmakers aren't picking on the universities.

"This is an unprecedented time. And I don't think probably any area of state government's gonna be exempt from sharing in the balancing of this budget. We don't have anything against them. We're just doing our best to manage this crisis."

Rand says House leaders are still trying to find some maintenance and operations dollars for the universities. House hearings on the spending plan begin next week.