House Speaker Says Bevin Will Lose College Funding Cut Lawsuit

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Democratic Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he believes a judge will order Republican Gov. Matt Bevin to rescind his order cutting state appropriations for colleges and universities.

Attorney General Andy Beshear, also a Democrat, sued Bevin on Monday for cutting the budgets of state colleges and universities without asking the state legislature. Beshear said Bevin overstepped his authority.

Stumbo, who once served as Kentucky attorney general, has sued Republicans governors before. As attorney general, he challenged former Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s decision to enact a budget after the state legislature failed to do so. The state Supreme Court sided with Stumbo in that case.

Stumbo said Bevin has the power to reduce budget allocations only if there is a revenue shortfall.