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Hon. Brad Roae
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Harrisburg PA 17120-2006
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Roae: 1.7 Percent Social Security Increase Proves State-Owned Universities Overcharged Students
10/18/2012
HARRISBURG – Following the U.S. Social Security Administration’s announcement that benefit payments will increase by only 1.7 percent in 2013, Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) in a letter called on state-owned universities in Pennsylvania to reconsider the 3 percent tuition hike it implemented this year.

“If senior citizens will be forced to live on just 1.7 percent more next year, I think we should be able to expect state-owned schools to do the same,” Roae said.

Roae earlier this year called out the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) for enacting a 3 percent tuition hike after it had agreed during state budget negotiations to restrain the hike to within the inflation rate. While PASSHE argued the 3 percent increase was below the inflation rate, Roae accused it of cooking the numbers to inflate the tuition hike.

“The Social Security Administration’s announcement further shows that PASSHE fudged its numbers so it could take more money from students and parents,” Roae said.

Roae noted that approximately 80 percent of the PASSHE budget is used to cover salaries and benefits.

He pointed to huge salary increases for professors under the previous contract entered into by the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) – the union that represents professors – and PASSHE.

Under that contract, a professor who began at step one making more than $66,000 in 2007 and advanced by just one step for the next three years would have been making nearly $85,000 in 2010. That represents a nearly 29 percent pay increase over a four-year period.

“It is easy to see that tuition hikes are tied to huge salary increases for professors,” Roae said. “Instead of using fuzzy math to overcharge students and parents, state-owned universities should bring teacher pay rates in line with economic realities.”

Roae has posted four pages on his website, www.RepRoae.com, from the previous union contract showing the pay scales for professors. Constituents can find them by clicking on the “Professors’ Pay Increases” graphic.

State Representative Brad Roae
6th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Dan Massing
dmassing@pahousegop.com
717.772.9845
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