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Hon. Brad Roae
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Harrisburg PA 17120-2006
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Roae Weighs In with Facts on Higher Education Funding Debate
3/22/2011

Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) today weighted in on an ongoing debate that sprang from Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget address on March 8, when the Commonwealth’s chief executive proposed trimming funding for higher education institutions across Pennsylvania. 

“I think it’s important for this debate to be centered on facts, not emotions,” Roae said. 

According to information obtained by the House Education Committee, faculty and coaches at Edinboro University, Slippery Rock University, Clarion University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the other institutions in the 14-school State System of Higher Education (SSHE) received pay raises of up to 9 percent in 2010. 

State funding for higher education has grown by approximately 6 percent during the last decade. 

“As the General Assembly evaluates the governor’s higher education funding proposal, it needs to look at why so much tax money is going to large raises for professors while these state schools continue to raise tuition costs for students,” Roae said.  “Taxpayers and students are struggling to make ends meet while professors rake in near-double-digit salary increases.” 

On Aug. 28, college professors, coaches and other faculty members at SSHE schools received up to a 5 percent “increment” pay increase.  In addition to the increment pay raise, faculty members also received a 4 percent general pay increase, or GPI, a little more than a month later on Oct. 1. 

Those at the top end of the salary scale received a 2.5 percent “bonus,” but did not receive an “increment.”   

The end result was that professors received pay raises of up to 9 percent in 2010 after receiving raises of up to 8 percent in 2009.  SSHE schools raised tuition by 4.5 percent in for their 2010-11 school year and 3.6 percent in 2009-10. 

“These numbers are directly related in that students and state taxpayers are continuously being asked to pay more to finance these large raises,” Roae said. 

In fiscal year 2009-10, the state’s Personal Income Tax (PIT) revenue collections from the millions of people in Pennsylvania who have jobs shrank by 2.3 percent compared to the prior year. 

“When nearly 10 percent of Pennsylvanians who want jobs cannot find them, asking working families to pay more in taxes and students to pay more in tuition to finance large raises for professors would be wrong,” Roae said.  “Since the governor’s budget was unveiled, I have received a lot of communications from professors who want to protect their raises.  I also would like to hear from taxpayers and students to hear their side of this issue.  The state has a limited number of dollars.  It cannot spend more on higher education without taking those dollars from somewhere else, like programs for senior citizens or our Pennsylvania State Police.  Do people really want to cut these other areas of the budget, or should we demand that professors experience the same pay freeze that many Pennsylvania citizens have endured for the past few years?  I’ll be interested to hear what taxpayers, students and other constituents have to say.” 

Constituents in the 6th Legislative District can contact Roae by calling his Titusville office at 814-827-6054, his Meadville office at 814-366-1136, or by email at BRoae@pahousegop.com. 

State Representative Brad Roae
6th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Dan Massing
dmassing@pahousegop.com
717.772.9845
RepRoae.com

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