As the deadline of March 11 comes upon the General Assembly, legislators are hard at work crafting amendments to the state budget.
Delegate Bud Phillips is working to introduce an amendment that will add $100,000 to the budget for the Ralph Stanley Museum in Clintwood, VA. Also proposed by both him and Terry Kilgore is an amendment that will ask for $1 million over a period of 2 years for developing a software engineering program at the University of Virginia @ Wise.
I personally hope that both of the these amendments pass through the General Assembly. Ralph Stanley has been for many years an influence on the soul of country music.
As for the software engineering program at UVA @ Wise, I think it is a very good investment. I am very computer-savvy, and I believe Southwest Virginia would be better suited for larger investments such as computer and programming initiatives.