- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has opposed a request to bypass the state Court of Appeals in a lawsuit challenging his decision to cut the budgets of colleges and universities without the approval of the state legislature.

Earlier this year, Bevin reduced the allotments to the state’s public colleges and universities by $18 million. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear sued him, arguing Bevin overstepped his authority. Last month, a state judge ruled in Bevin’s favor.

In a court filing Thursday, Bevin’s attorneys said the case does not involve any issues of great and immediate public importance and should not be transferred directly to the Supreme Court. Beshear said in a news release he will continue to ask the Supreme Court to decide the case as quickly as possible.

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