Gov. Tom Corbett says he will keep funding for higher education unchanged in his 2013-14 budget, set to be unveiled Tuesday.
On Friday, accompanied by presidents of state and state-related universities, Corbett said he would set higher education funding at $1.58 billion. In return, the university leaders said they would keep tuition increases "as low as possible," according to a statement from the governor's office.
Corbett will present his budget proposal in the state House Chamber beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. He already has revealed major elements, including a proposed privatization of state liquor stores, with the proceeds directed to education funding. Pension reform and transportation funding also are expected to figure prominently. On transportation, Corbett is expected to call for uncapping the state's oil company franchise tax.
The budget address could be considered Corbett's "unofficial re-election speech," Franklin & Marshall College professor and political analyst Terry Madonna told The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Pennsylvania voters remain cool toward Corbett, with 42 percent disapproving of his job performance, compared with 36 percent who approve, according to a January poll conducted by Quinnipiac University.