CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia higher education leaders plan to ask Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for an exemption from his plan to cut many state agencies' budgets by 7.5 percent -- a reduction that would cost the state's colleges and universities almost $35 million.
"It's sort of like asking your star quarterback to take a salary cut," David Hendrickson, chairman of the state Higher Education Policy Commission, said Friday. "I think we need to send a strong message to the governor that we can't make any more cuts.
"They want us to increase college graduates in this state, which will increase the work force, which will increase the tax base and state revenue -- but we can't do that with this drastic cut."