Morehead State University President Wayne Andrews has told legislators that there's no need to turn the University of Pikeville into a publicly funded school.
Speaking to the House Education Committee on Tuesday, Andrews said the area is already well-served by current universities and colleges. He says adding another public institution would deprive current institutions of scare resources.
He said that in fiscal year 1999, the state provided $1.17 billion for higher education, and today that portion is $979 million. If Gov. Steve Beshear's budget is approved, that figure will be down to $916 million in 2013.
He said he would prefer to see the money given directly to students for aid to use at any university.
The legislation is HB 260.
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