WKU Budget Passed

Those at Western Kentucky University said they’re “cautiously optimistic” that some of their projects will be discussed if a special session is called.

The Board of Regents approved the university’s $314 million budget on June 22, 2007. It includes operating money for the Math and Science Academy, funding for the honors department and Study Abroad programs and rural health funding.

The budget also includes all of the projects that were previously vetoed by Governor Fletcher two sessions ago.

During the last session, the governor said the state could now afford those projects, but the bill did not make it through the General Assembly.

“We’ve included all of the vetoed projects that are important to us because we already have the money in order to be able to borrow the funds and pay the bonds,” said Ann Meade, Chief Financial Officer.

Those with WKU said the longer they have to wait for the projects, the more money they may cost because construction expenses are on the rise.

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