Governor Corbett Announces More Funding Cuts


Today marks Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s second Budget Proposal address to members of the PA legislature, and with it came a similar tune from last year’s remarks: cuts, limited spending, and no new taxes.

It also came with more bad news for current and future students of Penn State, as the Governor’s proposal has state schools losing 20% of their funding, and state universities, those being Pittsburgh, Temple and Penn State, losing 30% of their funding, meaning Corbett will have erased nearly half of the state universities’ funding in his first two years of service. Another state university, Lincoln University, did not have receive any changes to their funding. To add some context to those percentages, the current Penn State appropriations for the 2011-2012 fiscal year are around $214 million. That number will drop to $150 million if the budget is passed as it is proposed now.

“This also marks a moment when we need to open the discussion about how best to finance higher education in this state,” Corbett said, smack in the middle of his Tuesday morning address, which included a moment of silence for the late Joe Paterno.

“We need to have a thorough, public and candid conversation about how best to deal with the spiraling costs and our own obligations.”

The ball is now in the court of the legislators as well as the presidents and administration of higher-education facilities, and especially for Penn State, the question of whether to become a private university would seem to move to the forefront of discussion if the Governor’s proposal is passed as presented today.

A year ago, Corbett proposed a nearly 50% cut in higher education funding for the state’s public schools and universities, but the passed budget offered a much lower figure at about an 18% to 19% reduction in funding. For Corbett to pass the state’s budget on time again this year, something he mentioned numerous times throughout his speech, it would seem he would need to reduce the amount of money proposed to be cut in his budget proposal today, much like during the 2011-2012 budget debate.

In full, Corbett’s budget proposal totalled 27.1 billion dollars, and offered no new taxes, a piece of legislation that would add what Corbett called a “fee” rather than a tax to Marcellus Shale natural gas drillers, and for the first time in recent memory, did not include a raise in budget for the Department of Corrections.

To view the full budget proposal, click here. Penn State’s appropriations can be found on page 490.

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  1. Natural gas companies are taking our resources for free. We are wasting a huge revenue opportunity simply by placing a small tax on them, which would allow the citizens of our state to have more affordable education. Instead, Corbett protects his campaign donors in the natural gas industry and screws over those trying to get an education.

  2. Really, guys, who needs intelligent people?  As long as we have earthquakes and an unsustainable source of fuel I don’t see the problem.  

  3. Pennsylvania has a flat income tax rate. Why not raise taxes 1 percent on those making $250,000 a year and 2 percent on those making $1 million a year or more and use the extra income to fund higher education. The “job creators” should pitch into to educate the people they will be hiring.

  4. I, for one, cannot wait to vote out this Governor. I will vote against anyone he endorses. His priorities are screwed up. While I understand the shortage of tax dollars, I really think that Corbett needs to re-think his priorities and put more of a priority of bringing our youth an affordable college education.  THEY ARE THE FUTURE. Hope you’ll all take the opportunity to vote whenever there’s an election. We need to get him out, and those who support him as well.

  5. Saw this claim in the comments on another newspaper: “If [Corbett’s] budget is enacted, the legislature’s budget alone will equal the entire, combined state budget for Penn State, Pitt, and Temple.”

    Anyone know if that’s true?

  6. There’s a reason the youth of PA seeking college degrees are leaving the state with permanence. Corbett is costing the state its future.

  7. Re-posted from a comment I made on Rodney Hughes’ post on Facebook: 

    Now President Obama is taking up the same rhetoric; one certainly has to consider the increased costs of non-academic related expenses and the burden students are paying.

    One could very well argue there’s a “weapons race” mentality within schools; the justification I once heard for the HUB expansion was not that, in fact, more space was needed (although, of course, it is) but that Ohio State’s facility had X thousand more square foot than ours.

    This is certainly one of the toughest times to be a university administrator; however, probably one of the best to be a university professor.

    I’m glad Penn State has great leadership to lead it through these challenging times!

  8. Best politicians money can buy! Vote on taxing Nat Gas Drillers:

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