Without legislative oversight taxpayer money could be wasted and Pennsylvania’s students and families could face unnecessary tuition increases

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 17, 2012 – State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today issued a letter to State Sen. Jake Corman (R- Centre) asking why four of Pennsylvania’s universities, scheduled to possibly receive approximately $500 million in taxpayer funds, are not part of the regular budgetary process.

“I did not see a time for…[these]…Universities to come in to testify about their budget needs for the upcoming fiscal year.  This is concerning and leads me to wonder: why have they been omitted from the Appropriations Committee budget hearings schedule?” questioned Farnese.  “With the cost of education rising each year…[we] should be given an opportunity to publicly question these institutions…to ensure that our students are not bearing exorbitant cost increases in a time when so many are already economically burdened.”

This year more than 30 other state agencies are scheduled to testify before Pennsylvania House and Senate committees, and this is the first time in recent memory that these four were not scheduled to testify.  The total funding appropriated to Lincoln University ($11 million), Pennsylvania State University ($228 million), University of Pittsburgh ($136 million) and Temple University ($140 million) combined is higher than all other agencies but the Treasury Department, the Department of Public Welfare, the Department of Corrections and the Department of Education.

Read Senator Farnese’s Letter.

Sen. Larry Farnese was elected to the Senate in 2008 to represent Pennsylvania’s First Senatorial District which contains some of Philadelphia’s most unique and vibrant neighborhoods from Port Richmond on the Delaware River to Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River and South Philadelphia, Center City, the Navy Yard, Philadelphia International Airport.  Senator Farnese serves as the Democratic Chair of the Communications and Technology Committee.  He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee, the Law and Justice Committee and the Judiciary Committee.  His District Office is located at 1802 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA (ph: 215-952-3121) and his Harrisburg Office is located at 543 Main Capitol in Harrisburg, PA (ph: 717-787-5662).  More information about the Senator and his initiatives is available at www.senatorfarnese.com.


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