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July 9, 2015

No PA budget = no Pitt budget

Pennsylvania’s fiscal year 2016 has begun without a new budget, and consequently, so has the University’s.

As expected, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a Republican budget when it landed on his desk June 30. Budget talks have begun, but the budget impasse will delay the University’s appropriation, which is voted on after a general fund budget is approved in Harrisburg.

The University budget isn’t set until its state funding has been finalized.

In its budget request last fall, Pitt asked for a $156.29 million for general support and rural education outreach, a 14.7 percent increase to its base appropriation. (See Oct. 9, 2014, University Times.)

This spring, Wolf proposed a smaller increase for Pitt. His $29.9 billion general fund budget included $148.91 million in general support and $2.3 million in rural education outreach for Pitt.

The proposed $151.21 million would represent an increase of nearly 11 percent over Pitt’s $136.29 million FY15 general appropriation. (See March 5 University Times.)  

—Kimberly K. Barlow     

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