As the chart here indicates, the FY 1998 appropriation has eliminated General Instruction support and shifted that funding to the Veterinary School. The final appropriation for the Medical School is $610,000 above the Governor's recommended level, and the Dental Clinics appropriation is $143,000 more than the Governor's recommendation.
The Legislature approved additional funding for University programs through separate nonpreferred bills--$181,000 for the University Museum and $132,000 for Cardiovascular Studies at HUP. Also, as part of the General Appropriations (GA) Budget, $550,000 of funding was approved for the Hospital's Cancer Center. The GA budget also includes $5.4 million in Museum Assistance Grant funding for museums and cultural institutions not receiving direct grants. It is expected that the Morris Arboretum will receive at least $100,000 through this program.
Finally, the General Assembly approved $6 million in funding, for higher education equipment. Last year Penn received $277,000 through the equipment program.
-- From a report by Paul Cribbins, Director Commonwealth Relations
Volume 43 Number 34
May 13, 1997
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