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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed three of his staffers to the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky boards of trustees.
The office reports October’s General Fund receipts rose 11.5 percent, or $94.7 million, over last year’s total.
Kentucky’s General Fund receipts for July totaled $845.7 million.
Kentucky's public colleges and universities want more money, but Republican lawmakers say the best they can hope for is to break even.
Budget officials say Kentucky's General Fund revenues rose for the seventh straight year but fell short of revenue estimates.
Kentucky's state agencies will cut 1 percent from their budgets to help avoid a $113 million shortfall.
Kentucky's budget director says the state is likely headed toward a $113 million shortfall when the fiscal year ends June 30.
State budget officials say tax collections for Kentucky's General Fund grew by nearly 4 percent in the past fiscal year, fueled by strong sales and individual income tax receipts.