University presidents say they need more money

UK President Dr. Lee Todd says several years without a staff pay raise is starting to affect the university as a whole.

“The real risk right now is we’re going to back slide. 3 years in a row without a salary increase will begin to hurt,” Dr. Todd told Ky. lawmakers Thursday.

It’s a worry shared by all of the university heads assembled in Frankfort as the Council on Postsecondary Education appealed to legislators for help.

“We have found over the last three years we are losing a lot of the very good or bright and talented mid-level career people,” said EKU President Dr. Douglas Whitlock.

So the council on postsecondary education has a recommendation for lawmakers as they iron out a budget.

“We believe the inescapable conclusion is that the state needs new revenue,”said Dr. Whitlock.

But how money is raised is left up for debate. Former governor Paul Patton, now with Pikeville College and the Council on Postsecondary Education stopped short of recommending that lawmakers look at casino gambling.

“Because I am here today on behalf of the council, the council has no position on that. I’m not going to comment on that,” Patton told reporters after the hearing.

University presidents say they’ve already cut as much as they can from their individual budgets.

Not much was said about tuition, and Patton says that will come after schools learn how much money they’ll be getting from the state..

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