Virginia Budget Hearing Held Yesterday at Mason

Posted: January 4, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

More than 100 speakers signed up to voice their concerns on the proposed 2002-04 Virginia budget yesterday at a public hearing held in the Johnson Center’s Sid and Reva Dewberry Hall (Multipurpose Room). It was one of three hearings in the commonwealth this month held by the Senate Finance Committee.

Board of Visitors Rector Edwin Meese gave the opening welcome and George Mason had five representatives from the Northern Virginia Business Roundtable speak on its behalf: Jim Dyke, Sid Dewberry, Scott McGeary, Doug Poretz, and Werner Schaer. The speakers lobbied for increased funding for the university.

“George Mason is a young university and has not had enough time to become wealthy, and we are asking for your help,” Dewberry told the committee yesterday.

In his remarks, Meese said there are three major concerns regarding George Mason: continuing quality education, which requires increased salaries to hire and retain professors; facilities; and meeting future educational needs. “We are one of the two or three state universities committed to growing in the next five years to accommodate the projected influx of students,” Meese said.

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