Legislators and Budget Vetoes

Lawmakers are working to restore vetoed projects.

After the General Assembly passed the budget during the last legislative session, Governor Fletcher was concerned by the amount of debt in it, so several projects were vetoed.

However, after this year's State of the Commonwealth address, the governor said he supports restoring all of those vetoed projects.

State legislators said WKU is one of the fastest growing colleges in the south eastern United States. Now, they're working to restore the items that were vetoed from the budget.

"Certainly it's important that we give the university the tools that it needs to continue to have such a positive impact on our economy and South Central Kentucky," Senator Richie Sanders said.

House Speaker Jody Richards is sponsoring House Bill 1, which would restore all of the vetoed projects including Western's.

"Most of those are university projects, none of them are frill kind of things. They're all important," Richards said.

The budget vetoes affected renovations to some of the academic buildings on campus.

Sen. Brett Guthrie said Western has a state-of-the-art stadium, university center and restaurants. He adds now it's time for the academic buildings to match.

"The master plan that President Ransdell and the regents have put forth does that and it's a reasonable plan. I think it's something the state can afford and will do this session," Guthrie said.

Richards also said most of the projects will be paid for by the university itself and it won't bust the budget.

Western President Gary Ransdell said the university had seven projects that were vetoed and one in Owensboro for KCTCS. Four of those are to be funded by Western and four by the state. Ransdell also said he's been told restoring the vetoed projects is a priority for the governor, the House and the Senate.

For more information on what legislators are working on you can log onto http://www.kentuckyvotes.org/.

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