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2014-2015 Budget Update: March 18 Pitt Day in Harrisburg

2014-2015 Budget Update: March 18 Pitt Day in Harrisburg

In Governor Tom Corbett's annual budget proposal, presented Feb. 4, the governor proposed level funding for Pitt, its fellow state-related universities, State System of Higher Education schools and community colleges as part of his $29.4 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

In its appropriation request for the upcoming fiscal year, the University sought a 5 percent increase in state support. Pitt requested nearly $143.11 million in general support and $12.08 million in academic medical center funding for a total of $155.19 million, at which point Pitt would hold tuition increases to 3 percent and increase the compensation pool 2.5 percent.

Corbett’s proposal for the current fiscal year included no increase for Pitt, but legislators nudged the appropriation upward from $144.34 million in FY13 to $147.8 million in the FY14 budget. Pitt’s current general appropriation stands at $136.3 million (up 0.2 percent from FY13) with academic medical funding at $11.5 million (up almost 40 percent from FY13).

Deep cuts in state support in fiscal year 2012, followed by flat state funding for the past two fiscal years have left Pitt at its 1995 level of state funding—not adjusted for inflation—even as costs have increased, research has expanded and the student population has grown.

What can you do to help?

Please join us for Pitt Day in Harrisburg on Tuesday, March 18. Pitt Day in Harrisburg is an opportunity to meet with state legislators in order to convince them of the importance of funding an outstanding public teaching and research university such as the University of Pittsburgh. We need your help!

For more information on Pitt Day in Harrisburg and to register, please click here.

If you are in the Harrisburg area on Monday March 17, please join us for a special pre-Pitt Day alumni event from 6-8p.m. For more information and to register, please click here

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The University has made voluntary financial contributions to the City of Pittsburgh for many years. Attacking large non-profits that have been at the center of the City’s renaissance and are major economic engines for the region may be politically popular, but any discussion of the City’s financial outlook should focus on the underlying structural issues impacting the City and its budget. For a tax exempt primer as it relates to the University of Pittsburgh, click here.

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