On December 9, 2015, Va. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a $2.43 billion bond package for higher education research and development, the Port of Virginia, Virginia state parks, veterans care, corrections, and wastewater-treatment infrastructure to support Chesapeake Bay restoration goals. The bond proposal was offered as part of the Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget that the General Assembly considered in the 2016 session. But both the House of Delegates and the State Senate included the bond proposals in legislation separate from the biennial budget: a $1.6 billion package proposed by the House in HB 477 ($29.3 million for veterans care centers), HB 1064 ($41 million for higher education capital projects), HB 1344 ($1.5 billion of various projects); and an approximately $1.4 billion package proposed by the Senate in SB 61 ($41 million for higher education capital projects; companion to HB 1064) and SB 731 (about $1.36 billion for various projects).
Following is the list of the governor’s proposed funding, from the Governor’s Office’s 12/9/15 news release on the proposal (“Governor McAuliffe Announces $2.43 Billion Bond Package to Fund Key Research and Economic Development Projects,” available online at http://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=13672).
*$100 million over two years in competitive grants for research activities.
*An additional $40 million over two years in cash incentives for research and matching funds to secure federal grant funding.
Higher Education Research and Development
*$849.6 million for projects at Virginia’s four-year institutions, primarily supporting research, building classroom capacity in STEM-related fields and addressing campus infrastructure needs. Projects to be supported: At Virginia Commonwealth University, consolidate the School of Allied Health Professions, and provide labs and research space for the School of Engineering; at Virginia Tech, add new engineering classrooms and fund new labs and medical research at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; at Old Dominion University, build a new chemistry, life science, and oceanography building; at the University of Virginia, renovate biology and chemistry facilities; at Longwood University, enhance the university’s science, math, engineering and technology facilities.
*$214 million for projects at three Virginia community colleges (John Tyler, Blue Ridge, and Lord Fairfax), primarily building classroom capacity in the STEM-related fields, increasing classroom capacity for general education courses and addressing campus infrastructure needs.
Port of Virginia
*$350 million to enhance the capacity and operations at Norfolk International Terminals, providing for the anticipated growth in cargo resulting from the widening of the Panama Canal.
*$140 million to fully the previously created Biscuit Run and Widewater state parks and to provide enhancements and repairs at parks statewide.
*$29.3 million to allow for the full construction of a second veteran’s care center previously approved for planning by the General Assembly.
$4.7 million to allow for the full construction of the previously approved Virginia War Memorial expansion capital project.
*$90.5 million to build two new juvenile correctional centers to allow juveniles to be closer to home to enhance family interaction.
*$135 million to expand the central region Forensics’ and Medical Examiner’s laboratory to address a growing body of evidence to process.
*$40 million to renovate a prison, replace roofs, and replace emergency generators.
*$110.4 million to expand Virginia’s sexually violent predator facility to address the growing population.
*$59 million for improvements and upgrades to local wastewater treatment systems as part of the nutrient reduction strategy to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.