A proposed state budget now heads to the full Kentucky house for a vote.
It includes cuts to higher education as well as changes to the calendars of public school systems.
The $17.5 billion budget for the next two fiscal years passed a house committee Tuesday night.
Under it, public universities and colleges would receive a 1.5 percent spending cut the first year and a one percent cut the second year.
Also if passed, school districts across the state would see their school years shortened by two instructional days to try to save the state money.
However, the proposal includes more than $1 billion in general fund bonding for a number of construction projects aimed at creating thousands of jobs for the unemployed.