FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s two highest elected officials have finished a showdown in the state Supreme Court that could offer a preview of the 2019 governor’s race.
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear are embroiled in a dispute over funding for the state’s public colleges and universities. Bevin cut allotments to the institutions by $17.8 million without the approval of the state legislature. Beshear sued, saying Bevin’s order was illegal.
Thursday, both sides argued their case before the state Supreme Court. Beshear argued the case himself, while attorney Steve Pitt represented Bevin.
The justices spent more than 30 minutes questioning Bevin’s attorney. They did not ask Beshear a question during his opening argument.
The case is one of several disputes between Bevin and Beshear this year.