Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Update on Temple's 2010-2011 Funding from Pennsylvania

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is currently in the process of setting Pennsylvania's fiscal year 2010/2011 budget, which Temple relies on for more than 20% of our funding. This process began when Governor Rendell called for Temple to receive $172.7 million in state funding in his recent budget address; of which $164.9 million will come from the Commonwealth's Department of Education while the remaining $7.7 million would be provided through federal stimulus dollars.

Governor Rendell's proposed budget has been submitted to the General Assembly, which has already completed budget hearings, and is working to quickly pass a budget for 2010/2011. The legislature is constitutionally required to have passed a budget by June 30th, but few have forgotten the months long delay in passing last year's budget.

In order to secure the support of the legislature, President Hart, as well as leaders from Penn State, Lincoln University, and the University of Pittsburgh, testified in front of both the State House and Senate Appropriations Committees, the committees which manage Pennsylvania's spending. During these hearings, the legislators were apologetic for the delay in last year's funding, and recognized the important role the four state affiliated universities as economic drivers for the commonwealth.

The State House Appropriations Committee has passed the budget, which will now be sent to the full House for consideration. Temple's funding received unanimous support in the House Appropriations vote. House leaders plan to send the budget to the State Senate on March 22, 2010 for consideration. The Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs will continue to work with elected officials to ensure Temple receives adequate funding from the Commonwealth, and will keep the Temple community updated as our appropriation moves forward.

For up-to-the minute news regarding legislative matters impacting the Temple community follow us on Twitter at TUGovtAffairs.

Share |