NVTC Speaks Out Against Tuition Caps

Posted: February 13, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

At joint press conferences held yesterday in Tysons Corner and Richmond, the Northern Virginia Roundtable (NVTC) called upon Gov. Mark Warner and the General Assembly to allow the governing boards of state colleges and universities to fix tuition as the individual boards deem appropriate without “caps.” This recommendation, one of several made by NVTC as ways of addressing the commonwealth’s current fiscal crisis, echoes comments made earlier by President Alan Merten.

Last month, Warner proposed that a 5 percent tuition increase be imposed upon all state institutions of higher learning. Merten has urged that this proposal not be adopted by the General Assembly because the money will go into the state’s general fund.

Other recommendations made by NVTC included the elimination of business sales and corporate tax income exemptions and credits, the elimination of state programs and activities that are duplicative, and submitting a bond referendum of $850 million to Virginia voters in November 2002.

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