Penn State University and Other State-Related Universities Hearing Date Changed to the First Day of Senate Appropriations Budget Hearings

The date for Pennsylvania’s state-related universities to provide input to state senators on Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed state budget for fiscal year 2011-12, has been moved to the first day of Senate Appropriations budget hearings, according to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman.

Corman said the panel will hold a budget hearing for the state-related schools, including Penn State University, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16 in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building in Harrisburg. The change is necessary because the Administration has not yet named a Secretary of Labor and Industry, the department originally scheduled on this date.

The state-related schools, including Penn State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Lincoln University and Temple University, serve more than 170,000 students, 150,000 of whom are Pennsylvania residents.

The previously scheduled hearing times for the Treasury Department has been postponed to 3 p.m. and Department of Labor and Industry moved to March 28th at 3 p.m..

Corman said the Senate Appropriations Committee will be holding hearings over the next several weeks to hear from state departments and agencies on how the proposed budget will impact their operations.  The hearings run from March 16th to March 31st.  All hearings will be streamed live on the Internet at

Scott Sikorski