The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously passed a Senate GOP budget proposal this morning that restores funding to all state-owned, state-related and community colleges back to current-year levels. Next step for this version of the budget will be a full Senate vote, which could come as early as tomorrow (Wednesday, May 9).

For background on the Senate GOP budget proposal, check out Monday’s story from the Harrisburg Patriot-News. The proposal uses revenue numbers released last week by the Independent Fiscal Office. The IFO reported that Pennsylvania had an additional $800 million in income over what the governor’s administration had estimated.

If passed by the Senate, the budget moves to the House where it could face challenges from GOP leaders.

In related news, college leaders Tuesday agreed to not increase tuition above the rate of inflation in exchange for state aid restorations.