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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. 

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University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto says his school is an economic engine that deserves more, not less.  Capilouto testified Thursday before the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education.  Governor Bevin is proposing a 4.5% cut for the current year, and 9% over the next two years. Capilouto says the reductions would impact the gains UK has made.  “These cuts will have a chilling effect on our momentum," Capilouto said. "And we can’t simply absorb these cuts, even with our size."

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Governor Bevin’s proposed higher education cuts came under review during a house budget subcommittee meeting Thursday.  The governor is suggesting trimming university budgets by nine percent over the next two years.  Budget Review Subcommittee Chair Arnold Simpson expressed concern about the impact on tuition.  “For every dollar we cut for higher education, approximately 70 cents has been charged in additional tuition,” said Simpson.