Governor Corbett wants to cut Temple’s funding $82 million

Let me interrupt my complaining about the situation of modern litigation to say a thing or two about the Pennsylvania budget.

The Philadelphia Inquirer is quoting Ann Weaver Hart, the President of Temple University in Philadelphia, as saying an $82 million cut would be “devastating”. What I’ve heard around the state, though, is that this money is never really looked at hard enough since Pennsylvania started providing it 50 years ago. That is, it’s a certain amount, and it’s just always been there. It used to cover almost 75% of tuition, but as tuition has outstripped the everyday price level, it now maybe creates a 25% discount for Pennsylvania students.

No wonder my inquiries about the Temple Japan rent have been getting so much attention in the past few weeks. Because here, 1,500 state workers are going to get laid off, and it looks like tuition at the Commonwealth-related schools like Temple is going to go up quite a bit.

Pennsylvania has a $4 billion deficit ($4,000,000,000) and the Governor wants to close it without raising a lot of taxes, which are higher than they used to be already.

It’s time for Temple to “man up” and start being honest about what it’s spending overseas, in places like Tokyo.

6 thoughts on “Governor Corbett wants to cut Temple’s funding $82 million

  1. This article is missing any real facts; The only thing we do know is the author has an axe to grind with the university overseas spending. it is unfortunate that they chose to muddy the water of a critical and devastating budget reduction.

    Let’s not lose focus -very few Pa residents will go to Penn State if the tuition alone is 20k.

    1. Raymond, my blog post is opinion, not fact. If you are referring to the Philadelphia Inquirer article, I found it to be very factual.

      There is no “axe”. There is simply a question–two, really: how much is the rent for the Tokyo branch campus, and what item does it appear as in the annual Temple financials?

      No one has been willing to put forth those answers. And there are answers, obviously, because the rent gets paid.

    2. Hello Raymond?

      Where are the so-called “real facts”? Have you been able to get them from the Temple Controllers?

  2. You don’t know what you are talking about. Why don’t check the instate/out of state tuition differential at Temple. I think it’s is around 45%. Additionally, Temple’s Japan campus has been operating in the black for years and helps the main campus because many Japanese students finish their degrees on the main campus.

    1. Mike, I think I do know what I am talking about. I read the Temple annual financials. You are correct that Commonwealth residents get a break on the Temple tuition—that is the Commonwealth funding part. It’s known as Act 12A money around Harrisburg.

      This state money means that Temple can pay professors, maintain facilities and administrations, etc., without getting that money from the tuition-paying student.

      If Japan’s campus has been operating in the black “for years”, then why does the auditor, Deloitte, show a carryforward $4 million deficit–debt owed back to the main campus? Just look at the financials or an earlier blog post.

      Where is the surplus?

  3. Hello, Mike? Where did you go, Mike?

    Another one of these people who throws a rotten apple at a blog post, and then doesn’t want to defend what they say . . .

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