KCTCS president ‘shocked’ that Senate singled out community colleges for budget cuts

The president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System said Tuesday he is “shocked” that the Senate’s proposed state budget maintains a 2.5 percent budget cut for the system while restoring money for state universities.

The Senate also proposed new restrictions that threaten an ambitious building program proposed for community colleges statewide, said KCTCS President Michael McCall, “I was shocked,” McCall said. “We felt very comfortable with the House version, and we would like to know why we are being singled out.”

The House version of the two-year, $20 billion budget cut operating funds for all state universities by 2.5 percent, but approved several major building projects on campuses around the state, including at least one project at each of 16 colleges operated by KCTCS.

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