Coalition comes out against Gov. Bevin’s proposed budget

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- 38 organizations from a variety of sectors came together at the capitol Thursday morning calling on Governor Matt Bevin to rethink his proposed budget bill.

The governor’s budget plan includes cutting funding to 70 programs, around 17 of which are attached to Kentucky’s Department of Education.

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The governor says the reason for these cuts is to help fund the states ailing public pension system.

The governors plan would put more than $3 billion into the system over the next two years, something education leaders say they were excited about until they saw where that money was coming from.

We reached out to the governors office for comment but have not received a response.

In his state of the Commonwealth speech on Tuesday night though the governor did stress these cuts are necessary, saying the focus of this budget is to “get our financial house in order.”