State System of Higher Education schools will protest Governor Corbett’s budget today, and send students to lobby lawmakers in Harrisburg next month.
Rallies at the 14 state system schools are being organized by the union representing the institutions’ faculty members.
Administrators have warned of mass layoffs, tuition hikes and cancelled courses if the 50 percent reductions go through.
Roger Bruszewski, a Millersville vice president, says cutting 20 million dollars out of his school’s 106 million dollar budget would hurt the area around the university, too.
"That’s a heck of an economic force in our local community. So there’s an economic engine here that helps fuel the economy of this county and this area. And with 20 million dollars less, what does that do to the economy of the area? What does that do to the local businessman? "
In addition to tomorrow’s rallies, state system students plan on lobbying lawmakers in Harrisburg in early April.
Last week, the presidents and chancellors of state-related universities made their case for restored funds in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee.