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UK President Calls Proposed Budget Cuts "Devastating"

University of Kentucky President Lee Todd says the impact of the governor's proposed budget plan would be "devastating." Governor Beshear is calling for a 12 percent cut to all Kentucky colleges and universities.

In an e-mail to UK faculty, staff and students, Dr. Todd said the university would have to consider layoffs and substantial tuition increases.

The 12 percent or more budget cuts are predicted to cause tuition hikes, hiring freezes, budget cuts, affect scholarships. Some believe the belt tightening could lower the quality of a public college education.

UK President Lee Todd echoed that sentiment Wednesday in a campus wide email.

President Todd blasted Beshear's budget suggestions, saying the funding cuts would have a devastating impact to the University as it works to become one of the top 20 in the nation.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Beshear told the Lexington Herald Leader that his stance wasn't changing, and that "we would fully expect university presidents to advocate for their university and it's needs"

University presidents have just about 40 more days to appeal the governor's budget suggestions.


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