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Flat tuition, 6% cut in next year’s budget

Flat tuition, 6% cut in next year’s budget

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

July 15, 2020

Pitt’s nearly $1 billion education and general budget will contract by around 5.9%, or $51.6 million, next year, following Wednesday morning approval.

Voluntary retirement program offered to faculty, staff

Pitt announced Monday that faculty and staff have been offered voluntary retirement programs.

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

June 16, 2020

Pitt announced Monday that faculty and staff have been offered voluntary retirement programs in an effort to reduce costs for the University during budget uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pitt’s budget and endowment, explained

Pitt’s budget, which reached nearly $2.4 billion in fiscal year 2020, is composed of three separate, smaller budgets.

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

May 22, 2020

Pitt’s budget, and the process to craft it, is full of jargon and specialized terminology. This guide attempts to explain how the annual University budget is put together, as well as the different pieces that compose the budget and endowment.

Context: February Board of Trustees meeting

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher speaks during the February 2018 Board of Trustees meeting.

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

February 22, 2019

Today is the Pitt Board of Trustees' February meeting. Here's what to look for.

Editorial: The real consequences of Trump’s fake crisis

U.S. President Donald Trump, center, talks to the press after the Republican luncheon at the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 10, 2019

Trump is both a hypocrite and wrong to blame Democrats for a lack of resolution to the shutdown, and the longer he blames others for a problem created entirely by himself, the more people he puts at risk.

Editorial: Trump needs to compromise on wall

A sign announcing closure of the National Archives due to a partial government shutdown is displayed on Dec. 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 8, 2019

Trump needs to put aside his ego long enough to agree to a compromise, or else the consequences of a prolonged government shutdown will be serious for many Americans.

Editorial: Peduto demands non-profit conscience — Pitt included

Allegheny County Courthouse in downtown Pittsburgh.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 15, 2017

Pennsylvania’s lawmakers may have struggled with a budget crisis this year, but Pittsburgh feels a little more confident of its financial competency. In his annual budget address Monday, Mayor Bill Peduto asked the state to remove Pittsburgh’s Act 47 status, an inhibitory financial oversight status meant to aid financially distressed municipalities placed on Pittsburgh in 2003. Now, he claims, the city doesn’t need the oversight. Recognizing the im...

Editorial: PA ballot question doesn’t solve property tax problem

Becky Cunningham casts her ballot at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in State College, Pa., April 26, 2016. (Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 9, 2017

If you voted Tuesday in Pennsylvania’s election, you were presented with an interesting ballot question — should the state legislature allow local taxing authorities to exempt 100 percent of any family’s primary residence value when collecting taxes? Pennsylvania voted yes by a margin of 54 to 46 percent, effe...

Editorial: State budget should react to rising prices

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during the last day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 30, 2017

When Gov. Tom Wolf signed Pennsylvania’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year last week after a four month impasse, it came as a relief to many. Some, however, were more cautious about the release of funds. Republican Speaker of the Commonwealth’s House of Representatives, Mike Turzai, warned speci...

Chancellor: mid-year tuition increases possible

Chancellor Gallagher said that state-related universities in Pennsylvania may end up without state funding if action is not taken. (Photo by John Hamilton | Managing Editor)

By Rachel Glasser / News Editor

October 12, 2017

A mid-year tuition increase for students is not out of the question if Pennsylvania fails to fund its state-related universities, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Tuesday. [Latest: Gallagher meets with Gov. Wolf to discuss Pitt's funding] In a recent interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the chancellor expressed his con...

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