Senate Appropriations Leader Wants To Retain Higher Ed Funds

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The chairman of the state Senate Appropriations Committee says Pennsylvania's colleges have shouldered their "fair share" of budget cuts, and he will be pushing to keep funding for those schools at current levels.

Republican Sen. Jake Corman, who chairs that panel, expressed concerns during a hearing this morning with the state education secretary that continued cuts will force Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln universities to alter their missions. Reductions in the current year already have made them into "state-barely-related universities," he said.

"I think higher education has done enough," said Mr. Corman, whose district includes Penn State's flagship campus.

Gov. Tom Corbett has proposed to reduce funding for those four universities, as well as for the State System of Higher Education schools and community colleges, by about $240 million next year. Those potential cuts would follow the significant reductions approved last year in the governor's first spending plan.

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