Ky. Attorney General Sues Governor Over Education Cuts

Apr 11, 2016

Credit Ryland Barton

Kentucky's Democratic attorney general Andy Beshear has sued Republican Governor Matt Bevin. Beshear says Bevin overstepped his authority when he ordered budget cuts for state colleges and universities without legislative approval. 

Bevin has proposed $650 million in state spending cuts over the next two years as part of a plan to begin paying down the state's public pension debt, estimated at more than $30 billion. Part of that plan included budget reductions of 4.5%, or $41 million , for the state's colleges and universities in the last three months of the fiscal year. State lawmakers rejected that plan

Beshear gave Bevin seven days to rescind his order, however Bevin ignored him. The lawsuit was filed Monday.