State Leaders Propose Funding for Universities

Posted: January 9, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The 2002 General Assembly begins today on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that leaders from the House and Senate have already agreed upon a $1.6 billion construction plan for Virginia’s colleges and universities over the next seven years. This package, labeled “Building Virginia’s Future,” was introduced by John Chichester, Senate Finance Committee chairman, and Vincent Callahan, House Appropriations Committee chairman.

According to the Washington Post, higher education officials throughout the commonwealth applauded the announcement. However, Governor-elect Mark Warner, who will be sworn into office on Saturday, Jan. 12, was more cautious. “It is premature to endorse any specific plan for public debt until it can be examined in the context of other spending priorities,” he said.

In related matters, other higher education issues expected to be debated by the General Assembly include ending the tuition freeze, lifting the limit on admitting out-of-state students, providing colleges and universities with greater freedom to make operational decisions without state approval, and supplying raises for faculty and staff.

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