Universities Hope For Funds As General Assembly Meets

University of Louisville President James Ramsey is preparing to lobby the Kentucky General Assembly for education funds.

The legislature will have to resolve a 100 million dollar budget shortfall for the current fiscal year, and cope with a predicted 1.5 billion dollar shortfall in the next two years.

But Ramsey says U of L needs funds. He says he’ll work with other university presidents to lobby the General Assembly, even though funds may not come in the next fiscal year.

“Maybe there’s a chance in the second year of the biennium there’ll be a little more revenue growth,” he says. “I think the General Assembly will do the very best they can to protect all of education, K-12 and higher ed, but it is going to be a very difficult budget.”

Ramsey says the university specifically needs money for maintenance, academic programs and new classroom space.