Rendell proposes 3.9% hike in Temple funding
Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell proposed increasing state funding to Temple by $6.9 million, or 3.9 percent, for the 2006–07 fiscal year, in his budget address on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
If approved by the General Assembly, the governor’s proposal would increase the state funding for Temple to $183 million, returning Temple’s state appropriation to the $180 million mark for the first time since 2001–02.
Temple had requested a state appropriation of $186.7 million for next year, or a 6 percent increase over current funding.
“We are encouraged that for the second straight year Gov. Rendell’s budget address includes increased support for higher education,” President David Adamany said.
“We will continue to seek full funding of our budget request in legislative hearings,” Adamany added. “But we recognize that state funding increases in recent years have helped abate the impact of prior years of relatively flat or reduced appropriations, reductions that were due largely to the sluggish national economy and federal cutbacks that compelled states to tighten their spending.”
For example, state funding allocated to the University actually reached $180.2 million five years ago, in 2001–02. Temple based its budget request for next year on a return to that prior level of funding, combined with a 3.6 percent increase to meet the rate of inflation for the current fiscal year.
“During years of state funding cuts, Temple’s ongoing commitment to providing its student body — which increased in size dramatically — with high-quality education did not diminish, nor did its commitment to quality research and exemplary service,” Adamany noted.
The University’s funding request for $186.7 million for next year also seeks to continue providing educational opportunities for the growing population of students who seek to learn and study at Temple; strengthening Temple’s already large and fine professional programs; building on Temple’s existing research base to increase the competitiveness of southeastern Pennsylvania; and helping support basic operating cost increases, with special emphases on escalating healthcare costs, deferred maintenance and facilities improvements, and high-priority program initiatives.