Beshear proposes cuts to reinvest in schools

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is proposing an extra $189 million over current funding levels for public school classrooms as part of the two-year budget proposal he's presenting to lawmakers.

To help offset his proposed increase for elementary and secondary education, Beshear is recommending $98.6 million in budget cuts.

He outlined his proposed $20.3 billion General Fund budget for the coming two years in a speech to lawmakers Tuesday night.

Beshear says his proposal would lift per-pupil spending to its highest total ever in Kentucky.

To free up more money for schools, he's proposing a 2.5 percent cut for universities, community and technical colleges and state police in the first year of the budget.

Many other agencies would receive first-year cuts of 5 percent. Their budgets would be flat in the second year.

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