Controversy over college budget cuts goes to court

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Less than 24 hours after Governor Bevin restored some cuts to universities and colleges, a court in Frankfort heard opening arguments in a lawsuit over the cuts.  Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing the governor, saying the cuts were unconstitutional .

This is the first of several hearings regarding those cuts. Representatives for Attorney General Beshear say the timing of the lawsuit is very important, as Governor Bevin’s proposed cuts come into effect this fiscal year.

A complaint filed by the Attorney General says the cuts would cause harm to the Commonwealth and that the Governor had no legal authority to withhold the funds.

It says students and universities have a right to the money that was allotted to them through out the fiscal year

Governor Bevin’s attorney says no laws have been violated, and that the Governor can make revisions on a allotments and reduce funding.

On Thursday, the Attorney General asked for a temporary injunction on cuts.

Judge says he plans to rule in this case in 10 to 15 days.

The judge also approved that both sides would file an agreed order to place the schools funding in a separate fund while a decision is made.  If he rules in Governor Bevin’s favor that money would go in a general fund.  If the ruling is in Beshear’s favor, those funds could be be returned to the universities.

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