Va. Governor Proposes Increase in Higher-Ed Funding

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Virginia's colleges and universities stand to gain state money under the governor's proposed budget, a welcome reversal from several years of funding decreases.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia on Tuesday outlined Gov. Bob McDonnell's two-year spending plan in which he recommends that the General Assembly appropriate $250.3 million in higher-ed funding.

The council's finance policy director, Dan Hix, said the proposal reverses a five-year trend of decreased state support.

SCHEV director Peter Blake said the breakdown varies in some areas from what the council had recommended to the governor but “lays a good foundation” on which to build during the upcoming legislative session.

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