University of Pittsburgh
March 2, 2016

University of Pittsburgh’s Chancellor Calls for an Immediate, Long-Term Budget Resolution

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PITTSBURGH—University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher emphasized today in front of lawmakers the critical importance of a multiyear funding strategy for state-related universities. Such a framework is vital for long-term stability, planning, and tuition control, he said during state-budget hearings. The chancellor also discussed Pitt’s precarious position in the wake of receiving no state funding eight months into the current budget cycle.

“The state is playing a dangerous game of brinksmanship, and the long-term consequences are clear,” said Gallagher. “Without state funding—and a plan for the future—the burden shifts to our students and their families.”

The University of Pittsburgh provides a world-class education to nearly 35,000 students annually at five campuses across the state. “So, this issue hits not just close to home but right at home, as nearly 70 percent of our students are Pennsylvania residents,” said Gallagher.

The Chancellor joined the presidents of the other state-related universities—The Pennsylvania State University, Lincoln University, and Temple University—to drive this message home during today’s Appropriations Committees hearings and a joint press conference in Harrisburg.

Throughout the day, Gallagher highlighted how the commonwealth’s budgetary issues would be easier to navigate in the midst of a thriving economy and how Pitt is a proven economic driver—both locally and statewide. 

“With Pitt, the state sees a $25 return on every $1 that it invests in our University, and the state’s economy gains $3.7 billion annually. With Pitt, nearly 34,000 Pennsylvanians earn paychecks to help support their families and dreams. The bottom line is that in partnering with Pitt, Pennsylvania wins,” the Chancellor said.

For an electronic copy of this press release and more information on this issue, visit WithPitt.com

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