Pa. Senate approved funding

The Pa. Senate approved funding for Temple and other state-related universities Wednesday evening.

As a state-related university, Temple’s $150 million in state appropriations was at risk during the budget impasse due to a $2.2 billion deficit.

Funding for other state-related universities — Lincoln University, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh — was also at risk if the budget was not balanced and passed.   

If the funding was not given to the university, President Richard Englert said in a Letter to the Editor the tuition discount for in-state students would be taken away and salary increases for non-union employees would be frozen.

In-state students would have been charged an extra $6,000 each semester if the budget did not pass.

Temple Student Government, who has organized on-campus advocacy for state funding, tweeted about the budget passing Wednesday evening.

“Thanks to your quick action in calling your representatives, the budget (SB238) was passed and Temple will remain a state-related school,” the tweet read.

TSG set up phone banks last week where in-state students called their state representatives and encouraged them to vote on the bill.

The university did not immediately respond to request for comment on the budget passing.

Kelly Brennan
can be reached at kelly.brennan@temple.edu Or you can follow Kelly on Twitter @_kellybrennan Follow The Temple News @TheTempleNews

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