Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has two options to keep alive the use of coal severance tax dollars for college scholarships. Previous attempts earlier this year failed to gain traction in the General Assembly.
A plan to create scholarships for college students in the Appalachian region is in danger after the Senate removed the funding in its budget proposal. The scholarship program was intended as a compromise after a bill to move the University of Pikeville into the state university system couldn’t garner enough support. It would give college juniors and seniors money to attend private universities or public university partnerships in the Appalachian region to finish their education. The House’s version of the budget funded the scholarships with coal severance tax money, but the Senate remove
Lawmakers have reached a compromise on a proposal to create more educational opportunities in eastern Kentucky.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo has been advocating to move the University of Pikeville into the state university system. But that proposal doesn't currently have the support to become reality, which forces supporters to adopt a compromise.
It’s been another busy week in the Kentucky General Assembly. Lawmakers may have reached an agreement on regulating pseudoephedrine, Kentucky Amish might have a new option to a reflective triangle for their buggies and support is waning for University of Pikeville’s bid to become a public university. Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston speaks with Rick Howlett for some perspective on what’s happening in Frankfort.
A proposal to make the private University of Pikeville a public institution has hit a roadblock in the Kentucky legislature. House Speaker Greg Stumbo conceded Thursday he doesn't think lawmakers will accept a proposal to use millions of dollars from a tax on coal mined in the region to turn the private University of Pikeville into a public school. What started as a seemingly unlikely proposal had gathered momentum early in the legislative session. But that momentum waned in recent weeks, after local officials and public university leaders objected. Former Gov.