Beshear files motion to order Bevin to release funds

Andy Beshear, left, and Matt Bevin

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed a motion seeking the court to order Gov. Matt Bevin to release funds for public colleges and universities.

Last month, the state Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Bevin can't cut the budgets of public colleges and universities without the approval of the state legislature.

Bevin cut 2 percent of funds - nearly $18 million - for the schools, which he said was necessary to combat the state's mounting pension debt.

Bevin had a period to ask the court to reconsider its decision. Bevin did not appeal, but said he still does not agree with the court's decision.

After the court's decision, the case was sent back to the Franklin Circuit Court.

In the motion, Beshear says, "All issues in this case have now been resolved... The only additional step for [the Franklin Circuit Court] to take is to... order [Bevin] to release and disperse" the funds.

Bevin spokeswoman Amanda Stamper said Bevin will release the money once the Franklin Circuit Court orders him to do it.

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