House Budget Panel Continues to Hear Higher Education Leaders

Feb 13, 2018

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Kentucky university leaders continue to remind lawmakers of the significance of their academic programs while hoping for some relief from significant budget cuts.  A veteran lawmaker believes some better funding news could come in the final budget. Kentucky university leaders continue to remind lawmakers of the significance of their academic programs while hoping for some relief from significant budget cuts.  A veteran lawmaker believes some better funding news could come in the final budget. 

The testimony from public university presidents has centered on worries about high pension costs. But following his presentation to the House Budget Review Subcommittee last week, Northern Kentucky University President Jerry St. Amand expressed a note of optimism. 

St. Amand says the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education request to lawmakers included about $15 million to address funding inequity and performance funding. The NKU president says it’s not an unreasonable request, even in the current budget climate.  “Higher education is that one area where it’s producing the talent that drives the market for jobs and talent,” said St. Amand. 

Bowling Green Representative Jody Richards says legislators should include sufficient funds in the final budget so universities don’t experience a six and a quarter percent cut.