Friday, February 17, 2012
The House was in session this week, but Senate did not have any voting days using the week to conduct budget hearings. According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Gov. Corbett toured a Malvern factory powered by state-of-the-art robotics Tuesday, then hit the automatic-reset button on a replay of the state university tuition wars that dominated the battle over his first budget proposal last year. Corbett insisted to reporters during his tour of the high-tech Siemens Medical Solutions plant that his 2012-13 plan for a steep new cuts in state aid to higher education – including 30 percent less money to state-backed schools such as Pennsylvania State and Temple Universities – could be dealt with by reducing campus operating costs, not by raising tuition. Click here to read the Philadelphia Inquirer article.