Budget Cuts

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Potential cuts to federal funding for Meals on Wheels could increase dependence on fundraising for programs in west Kentucky.

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A service in west Kentucky that helps low-income families heat their homes faces elimination in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. 

National K-12 and higher ed news came fast and furious this week. Here are our highlights to help you keep on top.

The president's "skinny budget" has cuts for education

The biggest story of our week happened early Thursday morning when President Trump released his budget outline, historically known as a "skinny budget" because it has few details.

The U.S. Department of Education came in for a $9 billion, or 13.5 percent, cut.

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

In a two-part conversation on Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Murray State President Dr. Bob Davies, recapping some of the takeaways from the Board of Regents meeting last Friday. In the first part, they discuss the status of free speech on college and university campuses and Davies thoughts on free speech at Murray State. They also talk about the budget planning process for the next fiscal year and how the university is navigating a budget reduction of $4.5 million as it relates to enrollment and tuition. In the second part, they discuss the experiential learning EDGE Center, the Center for International Business and Trade in Paducah and why this year's Presidential Lecture has a focus on diversity in higher education. 

With $48 Million Shortfall, U of L Plans Belt-Tightening

Feb 16, 2017
J Tyler Franklin / WFPL

University of Louisville’s interim president on Thursday forecasted drastic belt-tightening at the school as leaders seek to plug a $48 million shortfall.

J. Tyler Franklin

Kentucky university students rallied at the State Capitol Monday on issues like budget cuts, tuition rates and debt for close to two hours.

Rob Canning, WKMS

Faced with a 4.5% reduction in state funding, Murray State University officials are considering a set of proposals to raise tuition while reducing budgets.

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The state legislature approved a two-year, $21.5 billion budget that delivers deep cuts to state programs while putting more than $1.2 billion in savings into the pension systems. The spending bill now heads to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk. He’ll have until April 27 to veto all or parts of the budget.

Jacob Ryan-WFPL/Kentucky Public Radio

Governor Matt Bevin has congratulated state lawmakers for passing what he said is a great budget. The first term governor visited the House floor as the chamber was adjourned for the final time this year.

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The Kentucky legislature has convened for the final day of the 2016 session to consider dozens of important bills before a midnight deadline. 

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