AG Beshear Asks Ky. Supreme Court to Hear College Funding Case

May 24, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic attorney general has asked the Supreme Court to decide whether Gov. Matt Bevin has the authority to cut college and university budgets without the approval of the state legislature.

A state judge ruled last week that Bevin does have the authority to order public colleges and universities not to spend all of the money the state legislature gave them. Attorney General Andy Beshear is appealing the decision, arguing it gives the governor's office too much power.

The case would normally go to the state Court of Appeals. But Beshear is asking the state Supreme Court to take the case because of its "great and immediate public importance."

Bevin spokeswoman Amanda Stamper said the governor's office is still reviewing Beshear's request, adding she is confident the governor will prevail.