Legislation

House Speaker wants $84 mil more in higher ed, workforce spending

Vermont Speaker of the House Jill Krowinski yesterday issued an $84 million higher education, scholarship, and workforce development package that “stabilizes our higher education system.”

This package is in addition to the $93 million year-over-year investment in the state college system. It creates additional workforce development training programs, and adds funding to scholarship programs. It utilizes an unspecified combination of state and federal funding, a spokesperson for Krowinski said. Highlights of the proposal include:

University of Vermont ($7.2 million):

  • $2,000,000 one-time for the Office of Engagement. This office, begun last year, helps build business and government partnerships with UVM.
  • $2,200,000 one-time to hold room and board level funded
  • $3,000,000 for COVID-19 research

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation ($8.1 million):

  • $500,000 one-time for Advancement Grants for three years
  • $300,000 one-time for Aspiration Grants for three years
  • $1,900,000 one-time for 802 Opportunity Scholarship for three years

Vermont State Colleges ($66.5 million):

  • $5,000,000 added to base for increase support
  • $20,000,000 for transition costs over four years
  • $20,500,000 workforce development initiative targeted at critically needed occupations over three to four years
  • $21,000,000 one-time to address operating costs

Primary Care Physician and Nursing Scholarship Programs – $2,000,000 to 3,000,000 spent over two to three years.

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  1. What a waste. When will the reality that we have too many colleges with too many redundant programs for a declining student population be recognized? I’m all for higher education-at an appropriate level.

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