Proposed Budget Will Spend Twice as Much on Prisons as on Higher Education

Governor Tom Corbett has proposed deep cuts to higher education institutions in Pennsylvania for the second year in a row.

The State System of Higher Education appropriation, supporting 14 state universities, is reduced by 20% to $330 million in the proposed 2012-13 budget. The two-year reduction would amount to a cut of 34%.

The appropriation for Penn State University will be cut by 28% this year, totaling a two-year reduction of 51%.

The University of Pittsburgh and Temple University are each slated to receive a 30% cut this year, with the two-year cut totaling 44% and 43%, respectively. Lincoln University is level-funded.

Funding for community colleges has also been cut in recent years.

If enacted, the Governor's 2012-13 budget will result in a funding cut for higher education of one-third since the start of the recession.

Public Colleges Cuts by One Third Since Start of Recession

This budget will also mean that come 2013 Pennsylvania will be spending twice as much on prisons as on colleges and universities.

In 2013 PA Will Spend Twice as Much on Prison as on Colleges and Universities