Spending Projects Do Not Pass General Assembly

Efforts to restore millions of dollars worth of spending projects for Kentucky universities and other causes have not passed in the General Assembly.

Despite a strong push by university presidents, the proposal seeking to reinstate about $370 million of spending failed in the Senate.

Governor Fletcher had slashed the money from the budget last year over concerns of rising state debt, but from the start of this year’s session Fletcher supported reinstating the projects, noting the state’s fiscal condition had improved.

The measure included proposals to improve student housing, classrooms and research facilities on campuses. House Speaker Jody Richards called the failure to revive the projects, his biggest disappointment of the session.

The measure passed the House last month, but stalled in the Senate. The legislature adjourned before midnight on Tuesday, March 27, 2007.