6/27/13: Update on Pennsylvania Budget

While no General Fund spending plan emerged from the state Senate today, there was modestly good news on higher education funding.

HB 1437, the General Fund spending plan passed by the House, was to be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee where it could have been amended to reflect the Senate's proposed plan. However, the committee meeting was cancelled late this afternoon. No word as to when or if the Appropriations Committee will meet again on the bill. It could be as late as Saturday before a revised spending plan is released.

Meanwhile, the Senate approved a modest increase in state funding for state-related universities.

The full Senate passed what are termed "non-preferred" appropriation bills for Penn State (SB 725), Pitt (SB 726), Temple (SB 727), Lincoln (SB 728), and funding for the University of Pennsylvania's veterinary and infectious disease programs (SB 729) for 2013-14. All five bills passed the Senate unanimously and now go over to the House for consideration.

The Senate added $4.3 million, or 0.8%, in additional funding for these institutions than had been proposed by the Governor back in February. Penn State and Lincoln each receive $2 million in additional funding, with smaller increases for Pitt and Penn. Temple's appropriation was not increased by the Senate. The Governor's proposal funded these institutions at the same level as in 2012-13.

Check back tomorrow for more updates.


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