A plan to create scholarships for college students in the Appalachian region is in danger after the Senate removed the funding in its budget proposal. The scholarship program was intended as a compromise after a bill to move the University of Pikeville into the state university system couldn’t garner enough support. It would give college juniors and seniors money to attend private universities or public university partnerships in the Appalachian region to finish their education. The House’s version of the budget funded the scholarships with coal severance tax money, but the Senate remove
House Speaker Greg Stumbo says his chamber's priorities for the next two-year budget are not that different from the Senate's.
Both chambers have passed their own budget bills for each branch of state government. The two sides must now work out a compromise. Stumbo says he doesn't have many concerns with the Senate's changes and he expects a conference committee to hatch a compromise quickly.
After hours of closed-door meetings, the Kentucky Senate approved budgets for the three branches of state government Thursday night.
The House previously approved its own versions of the budgets. The Senate kept the House's legislative plan intact but modified the executive and judicial budgets. The two chambers must now form a conference committee to work out the differences.