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Programs may be on the block unless Governor gets his way

Governor Bevin's proposed budget cuts 6.25% of state spending and will eliminate 70 state programs. He will negotiate. After his State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday evening, his office issued the following statement:

"Gov. Bevin noted that some budget reductions could be avoided if the General Assembly enacts meaningful pension reform this session. Tax reform could also have significant impact and lead to a less austere budget. Gov. Bevin emphasized that he is calling for genuine tax reform that will make Kentucky more competitive with its neighboring states -- not merely a bump in the sales tax or an increase in the cigarette tax, both of which have been proposed by many. Genuine reform will spur economic growth and result in much-needed additional revenue for education, public safety, infrastructure, health care and other vital services."

According to the press release, Bevin's budget allocates:

  • $3.31 billion over the biennium to fully fund state employee and teacher pension plans for the first time in nearly two decades;
  • $100 million in bond pool funding for a second round of workforce skills training;
  • $34 million in new funding from tobacco settlement funds to fight the opioid epidemic and substance abuse;
  • $24 million to add positions and increase salaries for Kentucky's social workers so we can better protect Kentucky's most vulnerable citizens;
  • $10.8 million in new funding for adoption and foster children supports; and
  • funding for 75 new commonwealth and county attorneys and 51 new public advocates to strengthen the criminal justice system.

Below are the programs, scholarships, state agencies on the chopping block:

(1) County Fair Grants within the Department of Agriculture

(2) Farmer's Market Senior Program within the Department of Agriculture

(3) ARC of Kentucky

(4) Kentucky Lung Cancer Education Awareness Detection Survivorship Collaborative

(5) Norton Kosair Children's Hospital Poison Control Center

(6) Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program

(7) Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program

(8) Madison County Early Intervention Services

(9) Lung Cancer Research within the Council on Postsecondary Education

(10) Washington D.C. Internships within the Council on Postsecondary Education

(11) Professional Education Preparation within the Council on Postsecondary Education

(12) Minority Student College Preparation within the Council on Postsecondary Education

(13) Autism Training Center within the Council on Postsecondary Education

(14) Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars within the Council on Postsecondary Education

(15) Community Operations Board at Eastern Kentucky University

(16) Adult Agriculture at the Kentucky Community and Technical College 10 System

(17) Kentucky Coal Academy at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System

(18) Kentucky Folk Art Center at Morehead State University

(19) Kentucky Center for Mathematics at Northern Kentucky University

(20) University Press at the University of Kentucky

(21) Kentucky Transportation Center at the University of Kentucky

(22) Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Kentucky

(23) Hospital Direct Support at the University of Kentucky

(24) Agriculture Public Service at the University of Kentucky

(25) Kentucky Mesonet at Western Kentucky University

(26) Trover Clinic

(27) Mining Engineering Scholarships at the University of Kentucky

(28) Robinson Scholars at the University of Kentucky

(29) Family Medical Residency in Owensboro

(30) State Planning Fund in the Office of State Budget Director

(31) Area Development Fund in the Department for Local Government

(32) Conservation Districts Local Aid

(33) State Tree Nurseries

(34) Environmental Education Council

(35) Libraries - Direct Local Aid Non-Construction State Aid (excluding debt service)

(36) Kentucky Teacher Internships within the Educational Professional Standards Board

(37) County Costs - Sheriff's Expense Allowance

(38) Commission on Women

(39) Kentucky Legal Education Opportunity Fund

(40) Access to Justice

(41) Life Safety or Closed Jails

(42) Local Jailers Allowance

(43) Instructional Resources (Textbooks) within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(44) Professional Development Program within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(45) Appalachian Learning Disabled Tutoring Program within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(46) Commonwealth School Improvement Fund within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(47) Community Education Program within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(48) Collaborative Center for Literacy Development within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(49) Go Higher within Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority

(50) Work Study scholarships within the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority

(51) Teacher Scholarships within the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority

(52) Early Childhood Development scholarships within the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority

(53) Whitehaven Welcome Center

(54) Bluegrass State Games

(55) Frankfort-based cafeterias within the Department of Parks

(56) Insurance subsidy program within the Personnel Cabinet

(57) School Technology in Coal Counties

(58) Coal County College Completion Scholarship Program

(59) Arts Council Marketing Program

(60) Georgia Chafee Teenage Parent Program within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(61) Leadership and Mentor Fund within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(62) Middle School Academic Center within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(63) Teacher's Professional Growth Fund within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(64) Teacher Academies Program within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(65) Teacher Recruitment and Retention Program-Educator Quality and Diversity within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(66) Virtual Learning Program within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(67) Writing Program within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(68) Lexington Hearing and Speech Center within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services;

(69) Heuser Hearing and Language Academy within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(70) Teach for America within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(1) County Fair Grants within the Department of Agriculture

(2) Farmer's Market Senior Program within the Department of Agriculture

(3) ARC of Kentucky

(4) Kentucky Lung Cancer Education Awareness Detection Survivorship Collaborative

(5) Norton Kosair Children's Hospital Poison Control Center

(6) Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program

(7) Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program

(8) Madison County Early Intervention Services

(9) Lung Cancer Research within the Council on Postsecondary Education

(10) Washington D.C. Internships within the Council on Postsecondary Education

(11) Professional Education Preparation within the Council on Postsecondary Education

(12) Minority Student College Preparation within the Council on Postsecondary Education

(13) Autism Training Center within the Council on Postsecondary Education

(14) Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars within the Council on Postsecondary Education

(15) Community Operations Board at Eastern Kentucky University

(16) Adult Agriculture at the Kentucky Community and Technical College 10 System

(17) Kentucky Coal Academy at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System

(18) Kentucky Folk Art Center at Morehead State University

(19) Kentucky Center for Mathematics at Northern Kentucky University

(20) University Press at the University of Kentucky

(21) Kentucky Transportation Center at the University of Kentucky

(22) Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Kentucky

(23) Hospital Direct Support at the University of Kentucky

(24) Agriculture Public Service at the University of Kentucky

(25) Kentucky Mesonet at Western Kentucky University

(26) Trover Clinic

(27) Mining Engineering Scholarships at the University of Kentucky

(28) Robinson Scholars at the University of Kentucky

(29) Family Medical Residency in Owensboro

(30) State Planning Fund in the Office of State Budget Director

(31) Area Development Fund in the Department for Local Government

(32) Conservation Districts Local Aid

(33) State Tree Nurseries

(34) Environmental Education Council

(35) Libraries - Direct Local Aid Non-Construction State Aid (excluding debt service)

(36) Kentucky Teacher Internships within the Educational Professional Standards Board

(37) County Costs - Sheriff's Expense Allowance

(38) Commission on Women

(39) Kentucky Legal Education Opportunity Fund

(40) Access to Justice

(41) Life Safety or Closed Jails

(42) Local Jailers Allowance

(43) Instructional Resources (Textbooks) within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(44) Professional Development Program within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(45) Appalachian Learning Disabled Tutoring Program within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(46) Commonwealth School Improvement Fund within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(47) Community Education Program within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(48) Collaborative Center for Literacy Development within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(49) Go Higher within Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority

(50) Work Study scholarships within the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority

(51) Teacher Scholarships within the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority

(52) Early Childhood Development scholarships within the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority

(53) Whitehaven Welcome Center

(54) Bluegrass State Games

(55) Frankfort-based cafeterias within the Department of Parks

(56) Insurance subsidy program within the Personnel Cabinet

(57) School Technology in Coal Counties

(58) Coal County College Completion Scholarship Program

(59) Arts Council Marketing Program

(60) Georgia Chafee Teenage Parent Program within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(61) Leadership and Mentor Fund within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(62) Middle School Academic Center within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(63) Teacher's Professional Growth Fund within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(64) Teacher Academies Program within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(65) Teacher Recruitment and Retention Program-Educator Quality and Diversity within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(66) Virtual Learning Program within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(67) Writing Program within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(68) Lexington Hearing and Speech Center within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services;

(69) Heuser Hearing and Language Academy within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

(70) Teach for America within the Kentucky Department of Education's Learning and Results Services

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