New Report Outlines WV Higher Education Funding Trends

The State Journal, WOWK-TV - A new report shows what it could mean if West Virginia continues to cut from higher education funding. Read

According to the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, while other states are restoring higher education funding, the Mountain State is cutting. As a result, tuitions have risen dramatically and the quality of education has suffered, which will make it harder for the state to attract businesses that rely on a well-educated workforce, the report states.

"Smart investments in public colleges and universities will help to strengthen West Virginia's economy," Sean O'Leary, fiscal policy analyst with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, said in a news release. "Communities with highly educated residents attract employers who pay competitive wages. Their employees then spend money in the community, boosting the economy of the entire area. That's what West Virginia needs."

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