Wingnuts love to cut higher education, because they much prefer for-profit trade schools:
The Republican’s budget slashes overall state support for public universities by 17 percent to $1.4 billion.
Three of the four state-related universities, scandal-plagued Penn State and Temple Universities and the University of Pittsburgh, would all see their state funding reduced by about 30 percent.
And taxpayer support for the 14 state-owned universities, which includes Kutztown and East Stroudsburg universities, decreases from the current $413 million to $330 million in the administration’s spending proposal. That’s an overall decrease of 20.1 percent.
Corbett said those reductions show the state needs to rethink how it funds higher education. He said his administration would create a panel, led by former state Sen. Rob Wonderling, “to study our system and to make recommendations on how our universities can best serve the students and citizens of this new century.
“We need to have a thorough, public and candid conversation about how best to deal with the spiraling costs and our own obligations,” Corbett said.
Rep. Gary Day, R-Berks, whose district includes Kutztown University, said he wants to take a closer look at the administration’s proposed reductions to “make sure they do not harm the operations” of the state-owned school.
The budget slashes Penn State’s funding by $64 million, from the current $228 million to $163.4 million starting July 1.
Funding for Pitt drops from $136 million to $95.2 million; Temple’s funding drops from $140 million to $98 million and the fourth state-related school, Lincoln University, is flat-funded at $11.1 million.