While I think we can all agree that taxpayers have unknowingly financed the expansion of academic empires, the fact remains that higher education is the gateway to better jobs and this is the system we have. Let me remind you that when Gov. Corbett says we don’t have the money to fund education, what he really means is that he and Republican legislators have decided they’d rather use that money to subsidize big business (Marcellus Shale, anyone?) and more tax cuts:
Knowing the Pennsylvania government was waist-deep in deficit, Temple University leaders braced for a reduction of up to 6 percent in state aid this year.
The current proposed cut stands at 25 percent. And that’s an improvement from the governor’s original 50 percent reduction.
That’s a loss of $44.6 million, enough to pay 18 months of water, gas, and electric bills at all nine of Temple’s campuses and sites.
Temple President Ann Weaver Hart has reimposed freezes on nonunion wages, administration hiring, and travel, while delaying plans to fill five top university posts. More hardship is coming as the school tries to reconcile big plans and fewer dollars.