Pitt Funding Held Up in House

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The University of Pittsburgh’s annual appropriation from state lawmakers in currently on hold in the Pennsylvania State House.

The Commonwealth sends more than $580 million each year to its four state-related universities – Penn State, Pittsburgh, Temple and Lincoln. These funds are typically used to subsidize in-state student tuition, allowing the school to offer discounted rates to Pennsylvania residents.

As an example, Pitt’s annual tuition for in-state undergraduates is $19,679, while the charge rises to $33,706 for out-of-state.

In recent years, Pitt has drawn criticism from the House’s most conservative members for its fetal tissue research. A year ago, 51 House GOP members opposed Pitt’s funding in its standalone bill.

And on Monday, a proposal to require the four schools to promise they are not conducting research or experiments with fetal tissue from elective abortions was added to a House state budget bill.

Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill) sponsored the amendment which passed by a 108-92 vote. Three Republicans broke party lines and voted against the amendment – Lori Mizgorski (R-Allegheny), Christopher Quinn (R-Delaware) and Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery).

The amendment reads, “In order to receive a payment under subsection (a), the State-related university must not engage in research or experimentation using fetal tissue obtained from an elective abortion.”

“My goal is not to stop the funding,” said Knowles. “As a matter of fact, I want to help Pitt get themselves out of a problem they have created for themselves.”

This story has been updated to reflect Pitt’s in-state versus out-of-state tuition.

2 Responses

  1. Millersville University is not a state-related school. It’s part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Pitt, Penn State, Temple and Lincoln are part of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education.

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