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Pa. Lawmakers May Restore Funding To State-Owned Universities

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - The chairman of the Pennsylvania State House Appropriations Committee says lawmakers will try to restore most of the funding cuts for higher education in Governor Tom Corbett's proposed budget.

Governor Corbett has proposed cutting about half of the state funding for the 14 state-owned universities and the four "state-related" schools: Temple, Lincoln, Pitt and Penn State. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have indicated a desire to restore some of that funding.

During a Main Line Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast last week, Delaware County Republican Bill Adolph – chairman of the House Appropriations Committee – said there will be an effort to restore almost all of the cuts proposed for state-owned schools.

"I think they will get close to 100-percent. I'm not saying 100-percent, but I think the state system, you know, somewhere around 90-percent would be something that we're trying to look for right now."

And Adolph says there will be an effort to restore 75-percent or more of the proposed cuts for the four state-related schools.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio

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