Kentucky's Education Funding Locked At Pre-Recession Levels
Kentucky is among the states providing less per-student funding for public education than they did before the recession.
The Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report on Thursday (September 12) highlighting education spending over the last few years. The report shows Kentucky’s funding per-student is around 10 percent lower than what it was in 2008.
Jason Bailey is the organization’s Kentucky representative. He was also on the governor’s Blue Ribbon Tax Commission. Bailey says it’s up to state lawmakers to find new revenue and they can start by acting on some of the tax reforms recommended by the panel.
“The reality is that the budget that lawmakers will make during the legislative session will be as bad or worse than the current budget unless we come up with more revenue.” –Jason Bailey
The center reports only 20 states have boosted education funding through new tax laws since the recession.