The Latest: House Speaker says Bevin will lose lawsuit

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Posted: Apr 11, 2016 4:36 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the Kentucky attorney general's lawsuit against the governor (all times local):

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4:15 p.m.

Democratic Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he believes a judge will order Republican Gov. Matt Bevin to rescind his order cutting state appropriations for colleges and universities.

Attorney General Andy Beshear, also a Democrat, sued Bevin on Monday for cutting the budgets of state colleges and universities without asking the state legislature. Beshear said Bevin overstepped his authority.

Stumbo, who once served as Kentucky attorney general, has sued Republicans governors before. As attorney general, he challenged former Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher's decision to enact a budget after the state legislature failed to do so. The state Supreme Court sided with Stumbo in that case.

Stumbo said Bevin has the power to reduce budget allocations only if there is a revenue shortfall.

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3:15 p.m.

Kentucky's Democratic attorney general has sued his state's Republican governor, saying he overstepped his authority when he ordered budget cuts for state colleges and universities without legislative approval.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has proposed $650 million in state spending cuts over the next two years as part of a plan to begin paying down the state's public pension debt, estimated at more than $30 billion. Part of that plan included budget reductions of 4.5 percent, or $41 million, for the state's colleges and universities in the last three months of the fiscal year.

State lawmakers rejected that plan.

But Bevin cut their budgets anyway, and Attorney General Andy Beshear gave Bevin seven days to rescind his order. Bevin ignored him.

On Monday Beshear announced he had filed a lawsuit.