Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Budget impasse could impact Pennsylvania's state-related universities, including Pitt and Penn State - BILL SCHACKNER AND LIZ NAVRATIL, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State Senate and House Democratic caucus leaders chided the Republican House leadership late Wednesday over the Commonwealth’s continuing budget impasse and its potential impact on Pennsylvania’s four state-related universities. State Sen. Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, and Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont, said the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, Temple and Lincoln universities have become “pawns,” their appropriations totaling more than half a billion dollars held up by the stalemate. The Legislature passed a nearly $32 billion spending plan for the state hours before the fiscal year began July 1. But how to pay for it remains unresolved.

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