Higher Tuition, Faculty Layoffs, Research Status Hurt

The job for state lawmakers is where to trim fat and where to find money, in hopes of not hurting the one area that many see as the answer to Kentucky's economic and educational ills.

“You know I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired,” Rep. Derrick Graham said in Thursday’s budget committee meeting. “Sick and tired in terms of not being able to do the right thing for the people of the Commonwealth.”

Dr. Lee Todd believes the right thing is leading the University of Kentucky to being a top 20 research institution. He says less state money puts the squeeze on that accomplishment.

“We have to cut scholarships, eliminate programs, reduce personnel and increase tuition,” Dr. Todd told committee members.

Right now, an in-state student pays more than $7,000 a year to attend UK. Just a 9% tuition hike increases that by $600. But many university presidents are talking double-digit tuition hikes.

University of Louisville President Dr. James Ramsey says they could have to raise tuition by 12%.

He also says cuts could impact the university’s investment to the massive UPS hub at Louisville International Airport.

And, Todd says agricultural programs in cooperative extension and major energy research programs are being threatened.

“If we did those things, which are pretty ugly, we'd still have to lay off 400 people,” said Todd.

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  • by A REAL MOTHER Location: Ky on Feb 12, 2008 at 05:45 AM
    Listen to the comment that says" send the retirees home, give the young grads a chance, they do have the updated education and let them work and use that,, people that have already retired should not be allowed to come back and make all that high salary, furthermore, THEY SHOULD WANT OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO HAVE A CHANCE.......this would save a lot of money, all I hear from the governor is GAMBLING nothing about trying to save EDUCATION...and gambling won't give anything to education, check with other states.
  • by bill Location: lexington on Feb 12, 2008 at 05:16 AM
    the democrats could care less about higher education in this state. they want to keep the people of ky poor and dumb and on a welfare or disability check. that way those people will keep voting them in office. its been going on for years and people just keep voting for them. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!
  • by Heather Location: W'Burg on Feb 11, 2008 at 01:17 PM
    Ha Ha. For all the people that hated Ernie Fletcher. People just couldn't get over the fact that he hired "his people" into office while governor. What do you have to say now. Our current governor has cut funding for education for one reason. For Kentuckians to believe that this state is in shambles & has no other option than to legalize gambling. Who will that help? Not our children who depend upon a quality education.
  • by Don't blame me Location: I didn't vote for him on Feb 10, 2008 at 07:59 PM
    I suppose "Uncle Stevie" is planning on staffing his casinos with out-of-work college professors, college dropouts, and the state workers that he fired. Maybe they can sell lottery tickets and heavily taxed cigarettes in those casinos. If only we could tax ignorance amongst our elected officials. Hey, don't despair though. I'm sure that many folks will win tons of money in the casinos. You know that you can win if you just have a "system" ;) In all seriousness, I find it dishearten that our elected officials do not realize the importance of a good education. Sometimes I believe those in power wish for the masses to stay ignorant and ill-informed. It's easier for them to garner votes if the voting populace is easily controlled (with governmental handouts). What those in power fear most is a educated, well informed voting public. Parents, do your kids a favor and push your children to succeed in life. Guarantee them a college education, with or without the government's assistance.
  • by big blue fan Location: lexington on Feb 10, 2008 at 03:41 PM
    The Craft Center was over $34 million,for a practice facility!!!Why don't we use that money for the kids that are really their to learn,not just play basketball.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Feb 10, 2008 at 07:10 AM
    How are we gonna do without research into making a safer tobacco product or the effects of Horse urine on the environment? The world is ending....
  • by Notbuyingintoit Location: London on Feb 9, 2008 at 10:22 AM
    This is exactly why we're looking at out-of-state colleges for our children. At this rate it will be cheaper to send them to school elsewhere than to try and send them in-state. Maybe UK will wise up when they start losing $$ to other states due to their tuition increases. A parent's gotta do what a parent's gotta do.
  • by lib whacker on Feb 8, 2008 at 08:21 PM
    Well the way i see it all these idiots voted for Steve fly our tax dollar plane Beashear they can live with it and stop blaming Ernie. Its your gaming buddies in charge we need the money cronies and i could care less if they did shut the campuses down the maybe these liberal professors would quit teaching this garbage to our kids and quit making them skulls full of mush gooday. Oh my god liberals the earth is roasting you should all go hide would that not be awsome lol.
  • by Charles Location: Lexington on Feb 8, 2008 at 01:39 PM
    I am just glad that I didn't vote for him !
  • by East Ky Mom Location: Eastern KY on Feb 8, 2008 at 01:23 PM
    I really think that rather increasing their salaries yearly. They (College Presidents) should fore go a little of their raise to help their employer, rather than bellyache and increase tuition. God knows they make more than they work. Kids have it hard enough, trying to complete school work and pay for it. Increases in tuition should not be allowed. If they continue along this route, expecting the students to provide the extra funding due to the slack in government funding-there will be a lot of fewer students, then a lot less need for top professors, than less need for universities. Almost like cutting off your nose to spite your face.
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