2005 Session

Budget Amendments - SB700 (Committee Approved)

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Southside Planning Language Amendment (language only)

Item 506 #1s

Item 506 #1s

Central Appropriations
Central Appropriations

Page 470, strike lines 35 through 50 and insert:
"M.  Out of this appropriation, $1,500,000 the second year from the general fund is provided to support the coordinated and cooperative development of postsecondary education opportunities in Southside Virginia.  The Director, Department of Planning and Budget, shall allocate these funds in accordance with recommendations from the Secretary of Education, in consultation with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the Secretary of Commerce and Trade.  Recommendations by the Secretary of Education shall identify funding opportunities that will:  i) allow for the continued coordinated expansion of workforce training and higher education opportunities in the Southside region; ii) benefit all communities in the Southside region; iii) leverage existing resources within the region, including, but not limited to, the community colleges, private colleges and universities, higher education learning and research centers, and private sector assets; and iv) enhance elementary and secondary education to ensure that students are adequately prepared to take advantage of postsecondary education opportunities.
  Prior to allocating these funds, the Director, Department of Planning and Budget, shall inform the chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee and House Appropriations Committee of their use."

(This amendment clarifies expectations for the use of $1.5 million GF to expand postsecondary education opportunities in the Southside region.)