Budget Cuts

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Kentucky House and Senate leaders are continuing negotiations on a compromise $21 billion two-year state budget. Conferees worked through a number of issues Friday, but no firm decisions are expected just yet.

Kentucky House Rejects Senate Budget Proposal

Mar 24, 2016
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The Kentucky House of Representatives has officially rejected the state Senate's budget proposal and appointed a conference committee to work out a compromise.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Kentucky’s higher education institutions would compete for a portion of their state funding under the Senate’s budget proposal, which will be fully unveiled later this week.

Ryland Barton | wfpl.org

Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton outlined a series of grim consequences if the state House’s proposed budget cuts to the Judicial Branch are approved, including laying off 600 people and trimming programs that keep people out of jail.

SIU President Randy Dunn says the school will remain viable, but may look dramatically different, if proposed cuts to higher education are enacted in Springfield.

Morehead State University, via Facebook

In response to looming budget cuts proposed by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, Morehead State University has announced plans to place all faculty and staff on a five-day unpaid furlough.

Southern Illinois University is out with its list of potential cuts, if Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget is passed - and if the budget impasse continues, it could be even worse.

Almost a year after the president of Northern Kentucky’s state community college retired amid running tensions with its board of directors, the college’s foundation will begin paying him a $348,000 incentive in July.

Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund, via Facebook

Many state supported organizations are facing significant funding cuts as outlined in Governor Matt Bevin’s budget plan. One such group made its case for funding preservation to lawmakers last week. 


The secretary of Kentucky’s Energy and the Environment Cabinet has provided hints of how state budget cuts will affect his agency. Along with most sectors of state government, the Energy and Environment cabinet’s spending will be reduced by 9% over the next two fiscal years and 4.5% this year under Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget.