- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky judge has ruled Republican Gov. Matt Bevin can cut the budgets of public colleges and universities without the approval of the state legislature.

Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate says two state laws allow Bevin to reduce allotments for public colleges and universities. Wingate said Bevin was not adjusting the colleges’ appropriation, which is something only the state legislature can do. He was just ordering them not to spend all of it.

Bevin proposed the cuts in January. The state legislature did not approve them. Bevin ordered the cuts anyway. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear sued him.

Bevin said he was grateful for the court’s decision because it allows him to manage state finances responsibly. Beshear said he will appeal the ruling, saying it confers dangerous levels of power to the governor.

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