Governor Tom Wolf announced the 2015-16 budget will pass, which has and will directly affect Temple, and other state schools which rely on the state of Pennsylvania’s funding. On Sunday the Governor will allow the law to go into effect.
The governor said he would not veto the bill, which provides Temple with its funding from the state for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The Pennsylvania House had passed the bill on March 16. The governor considered rejecting it, along the supplemental budget bill, as part of the ongoing budget impasse with the General Assembly.
With the new budget, Temple receives a 5% funding increase from the 2014-15 academic year. The commonwealth appropriation equals approximately $147 million dollars. This generates over $26 million for the Temple health enterprise, and will be directed towards health education enhancement finds.
The appropriation includes health education funds important for accessing federal funds used for health care in North Philadelphia.
President Theobald said he wanted “to thank everyone in the Temple community for their support.”
Students, their families, faculty, staff, and alumni generated over 5,000 emails, and hundreds of phone calls to state legislators.
The program to raise awareness is titled “TALON” – the Temple Advocates Legislative Outreach Network. The website launched to raise awareness of Temple associated issues.
Theobald continued saying, “the Temple community let their voices be heard in Harrisburg and they made a difference.”
This decision has taken over nine months, and “the Governor’s decision means we will not have to take drastic measures to balance our budget. We will obviously continue to manage our budget responsibly as we look ahead to the 2016-17 budget cycle.”