(04/04/2016)
State budget impasse 'terrifying' for higher ed leaders
By Samuel Speciale, Staff Writer for the Gazette-Mail

The state of West Virginia doesn't have enough money.

That much is certain, higher education leaders said Friday during a meeting in South Charleston where they expressed concerns over the state's $238.8 million funding shortfall and a budget impasse the Legislature and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin must resolve by June 30.

"This is a terrifying time for all the good things we've worked for over the years," said Higher Education Commissioner Kay Goodwin, who also serves as the state's secretary of education and the arts.

"And it's all in the guise of drinking raw milk and downsizing government," she went on to say.

Higher Education Policy Commission officials on Friday were candid in their criticism of the Legislature's failure, thus far, to pass a balanced budget.

State budget impasse 'terrifying' for higher ed leaders   By Samuel Speciale, Staff Writer for the Gazette-Mail


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