2021 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB1800 (Committee Approved)

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VT Ext - Building Resilience

Item 236 #1h

Item 236 #1h

First Year - FY2021 Second Year - FY2022
Higher Education
Virginia Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station FY2021 $0 FY2022 $600,000 GF

Page 269, line 15, strike "$93,864,832" and insert "$94,464,832".

Page 269, after line 47, insert:

"F. Out of this appropriation, $600,000 the second year from the general fund is designated to support extension programs for the on-going costs of internet connectivity ($100,000) and to begin phasing in twelve additional extension agents ($200,000) and six additional specialists ($300,000).  Funding for the equipment and technology upgrades which will enhance the quality of research and extension programming at the Agricultural Research and Extension Centers is contained in a separate item under the Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund (HEETF)."


(This amendment provides funding to support extension programs. This request is centered around Internet Connectivity, Modernization of Research Equipment, and Critical Personnel. Building resilience in our communities across the Commonwealth is fundamental to the mission of the Virginia Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station (VCE/VAES). Supporting the economic prosperity, furthering research and discovery, and educating our citizens leads to greater prosperity in communities that have struggled to keep pace in an innovation-based economy.)