Saturday, April 30, 2016

Kentucky: Financial aid for up to 30,000 restored at the wire - LINDA BLACKFORD, Herald-Leader

At 9 p.m. on April 15, with just three hours to go before the 2016 legislative session would adjourn for the year, Rep. James Kay, D-Versailles, grabbed a just-printed version of the state budget and noticed something very amiss. Although House leaders had told Kay earlier in the session that the budget would not continue the legislature’s practice of diverting lottery proceeds meant for need-based student financial aid into the state’s General Fund, the bill called for diverting $40 million in lottery funds to pay for a new community college scholarship program and other initiatives. He rushed to House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s office, where budget staff members were already working on a cleanup bill to fix the error. Yes, they assured him, it was a mistake, and they would correct it in House Bill 10.

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