Arnold Simpson

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Governor Matt Bevin’s proposed higher education cuts came under review during a house budget subcommittee meeting Thursday. 

The governor is suggesting trimming university budgets by nine percent over the next two years.  

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A review of higher education budget issues has included a call for merging education administration and urging university presidents to become more politically vocal. The discussion occurred during a meeting of the state budget review committee.

State Council for Postsecondary Education President Bob King set the stage. He presented a number of graphs to committee members. One depicted steeply intersecting lines with increasing tuition costs and decreasing state funding support. King said since 2008 funding cuts per college student far outdistance reductions for children in kindergarten through high school.

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The 2014 Kentucky General Assembly began Tuesday, but discussion was dominated by fallout from a committee tasked with investigating sexual harassment claims against a former lawmaker.

Members of the panel took turns speaking on the House floor, with Republican members saying that the committee had failed by not fully investigating the claims against Rep. John Arnold.  The panel disbanded after Arnold resigned.

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A special Kentucky House committee has begun the job of investigating sexual harassment claims against Rep. John Arnold.

The committee was formed earlier this month after Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed a petition of censure or expulsion against Arnold. But now that Arnold is no longer a member of the legislature, the committee is limited in its options should its investigation find Arnold guilty.

Stumbo said that he believes the Kentucky constitution will permit the House to vote in favor of fining Arnold despite his resignation should he be found guilty. Rep. Arnold Simpson, a Democrat from Covington, said the amount of the fine should be used to offset the costs of the investigation.