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Gov. Bevin says politics is behind Attorney General's lawsuit over cuts to university funding

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says politics is behind the Democratic Attorney General's lawsuit over his cuts to higher education.

The governor is talking tough in his first public comments since the suit was filed.

Attorney General Andy Beshear is challenging the governor's authority to cut funding to the state’s universities this year.

Now Gov. Bevin is questioning Beshear's motives for filing the suit.

Bevin's comments came following a bill-signing ceremony Tuesday.

He told WDRB News that Beshear's lawsuit is an attempt at distraction.

Beshear's Deputy Attorney General recently resigned right before he was charged in a bribery scheme dating back to the administration of Beshear's father, former Gov. Steve Beshear.

“If I were him, I would be trying to come up with all the distractions I could," Bevin said. "He needs to clean up the mess in his own house. We'll do what we need to do. We are absolutely in the right on this."

The Attorney General's office is denying any political motive, pointing to Beshear's comments on Monday.

“This is not political. It's not about Democrats vs. Republicans. It's not about the upcoming or future elections. It's not Bevin vs. Beshear. It's not even about pensions versus higher education. It's about the law,” Beshear said.

Bevin fired back.

“When people say, 'It's not about this,' two or three or four times, it's about that,” he said.

While feuding with Beshear over the current budget, Bevin is pleased House and Senate leaders have resumed negotiations on the next one, pushing back the final day of the session until Friday.

But Bevin makes it clear: If there's no deal, he will not call a special session.

“I will not call a special session. I will not reward the inability to do the job that people were sent here for by paying them extra money. The people have already been paying them to do this job. The job can get done. I believe the job will get done, because the job should get done."

The General Assembly convenes for its final day at noon on Friday, with or without a budget to vote on.

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