Budget Cuts

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Kentucky's university and college presidents met Wednesday evening with Governor Matt Bevin and state legislators to discuss the budget impasse. The main roadblock between the House and Senate is the proposed funding cuts to higher education.

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This story was originally published April 5.

As Murray State University anticipates a finalized Kentucky state budget and possible cuts therein, MSU President speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good about how the university is already tightening its belt.

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Talks have resumed behind closed doors as lawmakers try to come to an agreement on a state budget in time for a vote on the last day of the legislative session, scheduled for April 12.

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Kentucky House and Senate leaders are scheduled to resume budget talks at the state Capitol. Republican Senate president Robert Stivers is in Frankfort Wednesday. 

No Movement on Kentucky Budget

Apr 5, 2016
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Kentucky lawmakers have not yet made progress on a two-year state-spending plan. House and Senate leaders did not officially meet Monday after failing to reach an agreement last week. 

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Significant public pension debt has led to consternation among state officials during the almost-completed General Assembly session. 

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Kentucky lawmakers are deadlocked on a state budget with no resolution in sight. If a compromise isn’t reached by April 15th, Gov. Matt Bevin will likely have to have to call a special legislative session—which costs taxpayers about $70,000 per day.

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Update 7 p.m.: Murray State University President Dr. Bob Davies issued a response to media reports of Governor Bevin's order. He says while MSU hasn't yet been officially notified of this order, this amount represents $2.16 million for the university.  

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Lawmakers are still trying to produce a compromise budget to delineate $22 billion in state spending over the next two years.

Leaders from the Republican-led House and the Democratic-led Senate have spent much of the last week trying to come up with a final version of the budget.

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Lawmakers are back at the table after budget negotiations stalled last night amid deep differences over how to start fixing the state pension systems and how much money to cut from K-12 and higher education.