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House Democrats Stall Funding for Pennsylvania Colleges, Says Farry
12/10/2009
Students in four of Pennsylvania's largest universities are facing the prospect of a tuition increase after House Democrats voted to stall state funding for Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln universities, Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) said today.
 
“State funding for the schools should have been passed by the end of June as part of the budget process,” said Farry. “Now we are nearing the end of the first semester and House Democrats voted again to stall the necessary funding for these institutions. The House Democrats are using Pennsylvania’s college students as political pawns.
 
“I have been hearing from parents and students who will face sufficient increases in tuition if we don’t move these bills forward,” Farry added.
 
The Senate already passed the bills and the governor cannot sign the appropriations without House approval. Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks) motioned for the approval late last night during a marathon legislative session. That effort was defeated along party lines, with all negative votes coming from Democrats.
 
Farry noted that House Democrat leaders have been pressing to enact a bill legalizing table games at state casinos before approving the annual appropriations for the four universities.
 
“Table games have nothing to do with the funding for the schools, and the money is there,” Farry noted. “The Legislature is long overdue in approving money for them, and it is offensive that the House Democrats are trying to use them as leverage to pass the table games legislation.”
 
The state funding that has been withheld from the four colleges totals $689 million.  Several schools have stated that they will have to increase tuition without this funding. In addition, there are 24 other educational and cultural entities around the state in a category called “nonpreferred appropriations.” All 28 of them add up to about $728 million in unreleased state funds.
 
“The governor and House Democrats have history of using Pennsylvanians as hostages in the budget process,” Farry added. “Earlier this year, it was state employees, then nonprofits and social services. Now, it is our college students.”
 
Rep. Frank Farry
142nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Sean Yeakle
House Republican Public Relations
(717) 787-3406