Congratulations to the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. For the first time, its full state funding request has been included as a recurring item in the budget, The Business Journal reports today (subscription required).
“The final legislative budget converted the $1 million of nonrecurring funds that had previously been passed for the school into $2 million in recurring funds. … The JSNN, which is run in partnership by UNC-Greensboro and N.C. A&T State University, has been receiving $4.9 million in recurring funds from the state, but school officials had to return to the legislature each year for enough nonrecurring funding to fill a budget gap.”
Nothing is absolutely certain until Gov. Bev Perdue signs off on the budget as whole. She still has some problems with it, but the JSNN funding isn’t reported to be one of them.
Still, the General Assembly has acted, and that’s a big milestone. The legislators have given the school strong, bipartisan support for several years. That’s something you don’t see every day in Raleigh.
The next time you have a chance, thank a legislator. In an economy that remains in desperately bad shape, they’ve made a tough decision and done the right thing for us, for our community and our state.