I've been looking for numbers on UVA and haven't been able to find them yet. Absolute numbers won't be that interesting since schools not only have different size operating budgets, but different percentages of the operating budgets come from state funds. For example, VCU's operating budget is slightly less than 30% state appropriations, while the academic division of UVA (so excluding the medical center and Wise) is about 10%.
edit: comparisons are made doubly difficult by the accounting jiu jitsu done to move costs from one budget into another in order to make cases for more or less funding. For example, lots of the capital improvements at VCU (new buildings etc.) are part of a different budget with different appropriations, etc. The shell game never stops, but I can promise the academic division is never the winner (and so neither are the students).
What matters is % of total current budget. Actual $ amount does not reflect this.
In the video link associated with article McAuliffe mentions Bush's tax cuts soon to expire. What? So this budget cut is associated with George Bush? How much sharping of talking points are needed to stick yet another knife into a now 6 year old Bush corpse.
I'm not sure % of total budget is any more interesting except as a prompt for whoever lost "more" to cry foul. Given the different missions of the various universities and the different existing budget structures, a crude percentage isn't any more apples to apples than an absolute value.
What @3sandDGuy said: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown...es-virginia-voters-eye-possible-defense-cuts/Is this some sort of insider code that only VA college presidents can solve-for by using a McAuliffe decoder ring? This whole legislative process has all the clarity of a cell phone bill wrapped in a cable t.v. renewal.
In the video link associated with article McAuliffe mentions Bush's tax cuts soon to expire. What? So this budget cut is associated with George Bush? How much sharping of talking points are needed to stick yet another knife into a now 6 year old Bush corpse. Are McAuliffe's directives written down somewhere, and are the directives aligned with the G.A. who authorize spending, or how does this process work? I've now paid 16 semesters of tuition for two children at VCU and this legislative process seems to me, an outsider, to have all the integrity of the IRS.