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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: February 8, 2021 03:08 PM
From: Representative P. Michael Sturla
To: All House members
Subject: Funding Higher Education (A Penny For Their Thoughts)
Providing adequate and fair funding to our institutions of higher education has been a point of contention for decades. However, what seems to go unnoticed year-after-year is the true economical investment we could be making in our Commonwealth across all sectors if we provided a more permanent funding stream towards our institutions of higher education.

Not only do these institutions produce a skilled workforce for tomorrow, they also contribute roughly $83 million towards Pennsylvania’s growing tourism industry, add significant economic support to the local communities in which the institutions reside, and employ thousands of Pennsylvanians in family-sustaining careers while providing access to quality healthcare benefits and retirement plans.

Additionally, streamlining funding towards higher education will ultimately remove higher education as a political pawn in budget negotiations and recognize that continued funding for these institutions is in the best interest of Pennsylvania’s future.

To ensure we are adequately funding our institutions of higher education, I will be introducing legislation that would impose a 1% sales and use surtax to create a funding source of over $1.35 billion. Every dollar generated will be used to fund the State System of Higher Education, State-Related Universities, Community Colleges, the state-owned Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, grant and loan programs for PA students attending PA institutions of higher education, and agencies promoting PA higher education institutions. 

Please join me in investing in our Commonwealth’s educational and economic success.

Introduced as HB812