- Associated Press - Saturday, April 9, 2016

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky’s lieutenant governor has told a campus newspaper that colleges and students should focus on programs that produce jobs.

“I would not be studying history,” Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton said in an article posted on the Eastern Kentucky University newspaper’s website on Thursday.

The Eastern Progress, the student newspaper, also reported that Hampton called higher education a “privilege” and “not a right,” The Courier-Journal (https://cjky.it/1VdW1xU ) reported.

The campus newspaper also quoted her as suggesting she does not want her taxes to support universities.

“Those of us who go to work must give part of their earnings to put you through college, and I disagree with that,” the student newspaper reported.

Hampton, who met with the campus newspaper’s editorial staff, later posted Twitter comments Friday about her approach to education: “Throughout my career education has been a key part of my success. However, it took sacrifice & perseverance during tough times.”

Her comments to the campus newspaper somewhat echoed what Gov. Matt Bevin said earlier this year, which touched off a burst of criticism on Kentucky college campuses.

“There will be more incentives to electrical engineers than to French literature majors,” he said in January during his budget speech. “All the people in the world that want to study French literature can do so, they are just not going to be subsidized by the taxpayer like engineers.”


Information from: The Courier-Journal, https://www.courier-journal.com

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