It’s one of Gov. Butch Otter’s various funding requests for education: a big boost in funding for the state’s fledgling STEM Action Center.
The centerpiece of the plan would transfer $10 million of general fund dollars into another fund — one that would cover grants and professional development to advance the “STEM” disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math.
Through a spokesman, Otter emphasized that the $10 million represents a long-term funding plan, designed to entice matching donations from business partners. The center would have no more than $2 million in spending authority.
“Think endowment,” Otter spokesman Jon Hanian said Wednesday. “Please also know that the $10 million in that one-time fund transfer is not funding for one year or even two years.”
For more about the STEM Action Center budget request, and the reaction from legislators, here’s a link to my story from Monday.