State Lawmakers Fail to Reach Budget Accord

Posted: May 15, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Virginia lawmakers remain stuck in efforts to break the impasse between proponents of Gov. Jim Gilmore’s additional car tax cut and advocates of a new state spending plan for the coming year. The failure to compromise leaves George Mason University, its sister institutions, and other state agencies empty-handed as they look ahead to next year’s challenges.

Unless an agreement of some sort is reached over the summer, there will be no raises for faculty and staff members throughout the state. At George Mason, plans to move forward on a $40 million academic building in Arlington, a $20 million academic building in Prince William, and a $15 million academic building in Fairfax are halted for at least a year. This is part of an overall $275 million freeze on state construction, more than half of which was scheduled for college campuses.

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