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3:28 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Capilouto Makes The Case For State Support Of UK

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto testified before the General Assembly’s Interim Economic Development Committee Thursday.

UK President Eli Capilouto testifies before the Interim Economic Development Committee
Credit Josh James / WUKY

In all, the Commonwealth invests roughly $284 million every year in UK.

Thursday, President Capilouto outlined what the state and taxpayers get for their money. "... a $2.7 billion dollar academic and research enterprise that produced 6000 graduates last year, a billion dollar hospital that reaches all corners of the Commonwealth, top tier research and creative scholarship at the basic level but also for immediate application in the community."

The university receives only about 10 percent of its funding from the state, but Capilouto told committee members the dollars remains crucial to UK’s mission.

The meeting, which was held on the UK campus, also included testimony from representatives of the state Chamber of Commerce, who argued in favor of a statewide smoking ban.

A recent survey of chamber members showed 90 percent support for a ban on smoking in all public workplaces.