RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking lawmakers to boost funding for state-supported higher education by a little more than $220 million by 2014.
In the only budget of his single, nonrenewable four-year term that he will introduce and largely administer, McDonnell will ask the General Assembly to add about $100 million each of the next two years for public colleges.
He's also eliminating a $10 million annual funding reduction that was to be imposed on state colleges and universities.
The money comes with some strings. There is an emphasis on use of the cash for science, technology, math and related curricula.
He also wants colleges to set aside $92.5 million the next two years and reallocate according to his "Top Jobs" legislation goals, then get administration approval before it's spent.