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Ky. Governor Aims To Slash Transportation Spending In 2018

Posted On January 18, 2018

By Travis Thayer

(Frankfort, Ky.) – Kentucky school districts may soon have to cover most of the cost to run school buses.

Governor Matt Bevin, a Republican, delivered his 2018 State of the Commonwealth and Budget Address to the General Assembly on Tuesday.

Bevin’s 2018-19 budget proposal calls for spending reductions in almost all areas of the state, including transportation spending for school districts across the state.

The proposal would require school districts to cover 75 percent of the cost to run school buses, which would be a significant increase from the 42 percent that school districts currently pay.

“Kentucky has just completed a truly transformative year of achievement, where many important seeds of progress were sown,” said Gov. Bevin. “However, the truth remains that after decades of poor financial management, the Commonwealth faces some harsh realities. These realities, coupled with modest projected revenue growth, mean that Kentucky must make tough and unpopular decisions.”

Bevin also noted that most school districts have both high administrative costs and significant reserve funds. The governor expects school districts to utilize some of their reserve funds for transportation and other needs, in addition to reducing administrative overhead.

Budget documents can be found at the Office of State Budget Director’s website.