No, They’re Keeping Their Money

One state legislator in Pennsylvania has had enough with the state’s education cuts. The governor, Republican Tom Corbett, is pushing for another $1.4 billion in cuts as part of what he calls an attempt to “right-size the state’s system.”

The legislator, Republican State Senator Jake Corman, has announced that he’s going to resist these budget changes. According to an article by Laura Olson in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

The chairman of the state Senate Appropriations Committee says Pennsylvania’s colleges have shouldered their “fair share” of budget cuts, and he will be pushing to keep funding for those schools at current levels.

Corman, who chairs that panel, expressed concerns during a hearing this morning with the state education secretary that continued cuts will force Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln universities to alter their missions. Reductions in the current year already have made them into “state-barely-related universities,” he said.”I think higher education has done enough,” said Mr. Corman, whose district includes Penn State’s flagship campus.

Corman, who graduated from Penn State, has pointed out before that state cuts to higher education tend not to result in the state universities really finding ways to cut costs; the primary result is just that these schools function more like private colleges. This means significant price increases for Pennsylvania students.

Corman says his goal is to eliminate Corbett’s cuts from the budget. He has not said where he will find the money.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer