- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A state judge has ruled three Democratic state lawmakers can join a lawsuit seeking to stop Gov. Matt Bevin from cutting spending on state colleges and universities.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has cut state spending by nearly $18 million for colleges and universities this year. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear sued him, arguing he does not have the authority to cut the budget without the approval of the state legislature.

Democratic state Reps. Jim Wayne, Darryl Owens and Mary Lou Marzian asked to join the lawsuit. Bevin’s attorneys argued they should not be allowed to join because they do not have legal standing to sue. Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate wrote the lawmakers have standing to enforce their rights and duties as elected officials.

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