2007 General Assembly Highlights
Assembly convened on January 10, 2007 and is scheduled to adjourn sine die on
February 24, 2007.
Transportation funding continues to be the dominant political issue. Republican
negotiators from both houses have reached a tentative agreement on how to fund
the Commonwealth’s transportation needs. The potential agreement would involve a
long-term increased dependence on general fund revenues which could, in turn,
decrease higher education future base adequacy and capital funding. In
addition, this could necessitate a greater reliance on tuition increases. We
will continue to follow these issues very closely.
The Council of Presidents submitted three unified budget
amendments on behalf of all of the higher education institutions in the state.
Through these budget amendments and in addition to the Governor’s introduced
amendments, VCU has requested:
- $12,381,304 for base adequacy
- $2,150,702 for faculty/staff salaries
- $4,395,888 for financial aid
introduced budget includes general fund support for VCU’s capital projects:
- $12,000,000 for the Medical Sciences
Building, Phase II
- $3,700,000 for equipment for the Medical
Sciences Building, Phase II
- $1,700,000 for the Music Center
Assembly’s base adequacy funding model is used to identify the appropriate state
funding level for each Virginia college and university. The formula takes into
consideration a number of factors, including enrollment growth, credit hours,
and complexity of programs.
Trani, as a representative of the Council of Presidents, recently spoke to the
higher education subcommittee of Senate Finance on the importance of
appropriately funding base adequacy, faculty/staff salaries, and financial aid.
In addition to sustaining the Governor’s introduced amendments to
the budget bill, VCU has submitted an additional amendment.
- VCU Veteran’s
Center (Del. Morgan, Sens. Lambert and Stosch) –
provides $198,500 GF revenue to start the Center for Veterans’ Affairs
at VCU. To find out more about this new center, please visit our legislative
recommendations from the House and Senate will be received on Sunday, February
Out of the 2546
bills and resolutions that have been introduced, VCU is currently tracking over
300 pieces of legislation. Bills of importance include:
on Campus (HB
– this bill would forbid any higher education institution from setting policies
to prohibit the carrying of a firearm. This bill is a top priority, and staff
is working with other universities to address this matter.
Admission for Unlawful Aliens (HB
– These bills would either prohibit illegal aliens from being admitted to an
institution or would ensure that these individuals pay out-of-state rates.
Community College Transfer Grants (HB
– This legislation would set up a grant to pay individuals who have obtained an
associate’s degree from a community college and then transferred to a 4-year
institution, the difference in tuition and fees between the two institutions.
Certificate of Public Need (HB
– VCU is working in conjunction with the patron and the Virginia Hospital and
Healthcare Association to make sure we maintain the current system of COPN but
add some efficiencies.
To view other important higher education and health care legislation, please visit our website