Virginia Ranked Near Bottom in Congressional Surplus Received

Posted: July 27, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

For the 2000 fiscal year, the Commonwealth of Virginia is ranked 41st in the nation among states receiving additional monies from Congress to support projects involving specific colleges and universities, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. As listed in the July 28 edition of the Chronicle, Virginia received $4.2 million in available monies created from the swelling federal budget surplus.

California was first in the nation with $64.1 million, followed by Texas with $47.5 million, and Mississippi with $40.2 million. States ranked below Virginia included Michigan, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Nebraska, Maine, Utah, Tennessee, Wyoming, and Delaware.

These appropriations, according to the Chronicle, “often depend on universities’ connections with members of the powerful appropriations committees in Congress.” A total of $1.04 billion in surplus monies were distributed to the 50 states and seven U.S. territories.

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