Gov. Rendell proposes to cut Temple funding by $2.25 million
Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell proposed cutting state funding to Temple by $2.25 million, or 1.32 percent, for the 2005-06 fiscal year, in his budget address on Wednesday,
The governor proposed $167.74 million for Temple, compared to $169.99 million in the current fiscal year. If approved by the General Assembly, the governor's proposal would mark the fourth reduction in Temple's state appropriation in the last six years.
"We are disappointed by the governor's proposal and are hopeful that deliberations in the General Assembly will result in a larger appropriation to the University," said Temple President David Adamany. "If this funding proposal is enacted, it will present Temple with significant financial challenges for next year."
Temple had requested a state appropriation of $180.17 million for next year, which would have returned Commonwealth funding to its original appropriation for the University in 2001-02.
The University's funding request for $180.17 million was made in order to continue to provide educational opportunities for the growing population of students who seek to learn and study at Temple; to strengthen Temple's already large and fine professional programs; to build on Temple's existing research base to increase the competitiveness of southeastern Pennsylvania; and to help support basic operating cost increases, with special emphases on escalating health care costs, deferred maintenance and facilities improvements and high-priority program initiatives. The governor's proposal is 7.4 percent below the University's request.
While the governor's proposal includes a 2 percent increase in the state appropriation budget line for educational and general expenses, it reduces funding allocated to other lines, including medical programs, dental clinics, maxillofacial prosthodontics, podiatric medicine, and the bio-medical center. Proposed funding for recruitment of the disadvantaged is at the same level as 2004-05. The net result is a 1.32 percent cut in state funding for the University.