FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he has vetoed language in the state budget bill that would have blocked construction projects at some community and technical college campuses.
Beshear said Friday his action will guarantee capital projects at all 16 colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
The governor's office says the budget passed by state lawmakers would have prevented nine of the 16 building projects from proceeding.
The veto allows for the $16.5 million needed to build a new 76,000 square foot instructional classroom on the campus of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College.
Beshear says the two-year colleges play key roles in preparing Kentuckians for the work force, and says the colleges are overdue for expansions and upgrades.
Beshear used his line-item veto power on other pieces of the $20.3 billion, two-year state budget that takes effect in July.
Lawmakers can consider overriding vetoes during their two-day wrap up session that starts Monday.