Stumbo: No Extra Higher Education Funding Until UPike Becomes A State University

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A battle may be brewing over the future of Kentucky higher education -- should the state add another state university, this one serving Appalachia?

The leader of the Kentucky House thinks so -- and he said he won't support any extra funding for higher education until the University of Pikeville joins the state university system.

“You know if they want my support in helping do whatever to get some more money into higher education then somebody better be figuring out what to do with that situation up there,” Kentuck House Speaker Greg Stumbo said in a recent interview with Kentucky Public Radio.

Stumbo, whose district covers parts of Eastern Kentucky, said he will continue pushing legislation until UPike becomes Kentucky's ninth state university.

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