2005 Session

Budget Amendments - SB700 (Conference Report)

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Southside Planning Language Amendment

Item 506 #4c

Item 506 #4c

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Central Appropriations
Central Appropriations FY2005 $0 FY2006 ($500,000) GF

Page 467, line 22, strike "$24,685,016" and insert "$24,185,016".
Page 470, strike lines 35 through 50 and insert:
"M.  Out of this appropriation, $1.0 million the second year from the general fund is provided to support the coordinated and cooperative development of postsecondary education opportunities in Southside Virginia.  Of this amount, $100,000 shall be allocated to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia in order to conduct or contract for an assessment of the postsecondary enrollment and program needed of Southside Virginia.  The Director, Department of Planning and Budget, shall allocate the remaining 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 redirects $500,000 from the general fund that had been earmarked for planning the expansion of postsecondary education oppportunities in Southside Virginia and clarifies expectations for the use of the $1.0 million GF remaining in the budget for this purpose.)