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Gov. Corbett Lashes Back At Penn State For Budget Criticism

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is firing back at Penn State officials for their criticism of the higher education budget cuts proposed in his budget address earlier this week (see related story).

As he seeks to close a more than $4 billion budget gap, Governor Corbett has proposed cutting $625 million in aid for the 14 state-owned universities and the four state-related schools -– Temple, Lincoln, Pitt, and Penn State.

Officials at Penn State immediately warned of dire consequences, including tuition hikes.

On KDKA radio in Pittsburgh on Friday, Corbett shot back, claiming that from 2000 to the present, Penn State got $3½ billion in state dollars while more than doubling tuition during the same period.

“They cannot argue that the money would prevent them from tuition increases, because when they got the money, they continued to increase tuitions,” Corbett charged.  “That was stunning that they would scare the children and the parents of Pennsylvania.”

Hear Gov. Corbett on KDKA Radio

Under Corbett’s proposal, Penn State’s funding would be cut by $182 million.

Reported by KYW Harrisburg Bureau chief Tony Romeo.

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  1. Scout130 says:

    Penn State only receives about 8% of its funding from Pennsylvania. What part of this is used to reduce in-state tuition for Pennsylvania residents? Will we still get the same in-state tuition after the reductions?

  2. PittPantherParent says:

    This is a classic redirection. Take a ten year period and multiply out the amount of funding they give Penn State and you get a huge looking number. Get the governor to answer the following question. In-state students get a tuition break at state colleges and universities. At Penn State and Pitt for instance this break may be as high as $10000. Is the Governor’s proposal guaranteeing that these breaks must continue to exist? If Pennsylvania cuts their funding in half do these colleges have the right to cut the in-state break in half, so that a family now is looking at at least $20000 extra per student to complete 4 years of college?

  3. John S. says:

    I have 2 PSU grads, 2007 and 2011 and the tuition has indeed increased significantly since the first started in 2003. Loads of new buildings but the dorms, especially East Halls are absolute dumps. South and West aren’t much better. Spanier has sacrificed the students for his vision of a research-oriented university on the backs of students and their parents.

  4. MG says:

    So what! Doesn’t justify crucifying the public school system and giving natural gas drillers free reign to rape the environment and endanger the community while raking in tons of money with no taxes!!! and our property taxes will continue to rise under his idiocy!!!

  5. Diana Whitehead says:

    Gov Corbett is doing the right thing. If this college is doing this how many more are doing the same.

  6. Weezer1107 says:

    I am glad that Gov. Corbett pointed out PSU’s hipocracy.

  7. Thomas says:

    QUOTE: “They cannot argue that the money would prevent them from tuition increases, because when they got the money, they continued to increase tuitions,” Corbett charged. “That was stunning that they would scare the children and the parents of Pennsylvania.”

    Too true

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