House Approves Budget

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Kentucky House has approved an $18 billion budget that includes a pay hike for public school teachers.

The budget passed on a 97-0 vote.

It calls for more than $500 million for various building projects on university campuses.

It would also give $75 million to build a much-debated arena in downtown Louisville that would be home court to the University of Louisville basketball team.

Kentucky's 46,000 teachers would get two percent raises in the first year of the two-year budget, followed by a three percent increases in the second.

The budget also would provide $72 million to increase base salary increases.

Here's a look at the totals approved by the House for public universities:

Eastern Kentucky University, $552.6 million.

Kentucky State University, $131.2 million.

Morehead State University, $319 million.

Murray State University, $295.6 million.

Northern Kentucky University, $364.8 million.

University of Kentucky, $3.5 billion

University of Louisville, $1.6 billion.

Western Kentucky University, $606.6 million.

Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges, $1.3 billion.

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