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Blue Ribbon panel’s $10M request for West Virginia colleges not in governor’s budget proposal


Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice’s state budget proposal for next fiscal year doesn’t include increasing the annual funding for West Virginia’s smaller four-year colleges by $10 million, as the governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education has requested.

Whether the $10 million will ultimately be provided is among multiple open questions regarding how the state’s public four-year and community colleges will be funded following last year’s increased public debate on the subject.

The other questions include:

  • Will the Republican-led Legislature pass the free community college tuition bill that Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, has prioritized, and Justice supported in the last regular legislative session, and fund its estimated $7 million annual cost?

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