State System chancellor asks lawmakers for budget bump

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Feb 22, 2014 7:10 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett has proposed level funding the State System of Higher Education at $413 million in next year’s budget.

But System Chancellor Frank Brogan points to a $61 million deficit when he asked the state House and Senate Appropriations Committees for a four percent increase.

"Unless the revenue picture changes for a number of our universities in the PASSHE system, their future, their existence is in doubt," he says.

"That's not a statement of philosophy, that's a statement of sheer math."

If the governor's budget is approved, it would be the third straight year of level funding, following an 18 percent cut in 2011.

Student debt load across the system is below the national average, but Brogan tells lawmakers the gap is narrowing.

The 14-school State System of Higher Education includes Bloomsburg, Kutztown, Millersville and Shippensburg universities.

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