West Virginia MetroNews, Hampshire Review – West Virginia University is going through the difficult job of coping with a projected $45 million deficit. A West Virginia think tank has concluded that if state support for higher education had remained steady over the past few years, that would have nearly made up the difference.
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If West Virginia lawmakers had kept higher education funding at the same levels as a decade ago, WVU would have an estimated additional $37.6 million in state funding for the coming fiscal year, closing the majority of this year’s budget gap, according to an analysis by the West Virginia Center for Budget & Policy.
“A big part of the story with WVU’s budget crisis is reduced state investment in higher education,” said Kelly Allen, executive director of the think tank.
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