Thursday, July 13, 2017

Penn Vet funding could fall victim to state budget - Ryan Brown, Altoona Mirror

Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican lawmakers have clashed on some key areas as the state budget deadline approaches this week — on new taxes, borrowing schemes and gambling revenue, to name a few. But they seem to agree on at least one cost-cutting measure, even if it gets little attention: Neither Wolf’s nor House Republicans’ budget plan spends any money on Penn Vet, the state’s only veterinary school. Funding for Penn Vet, formally called the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, isn’t a front-page issue. But if the final budget deal cuts its state funding from $30 million to zero, it could have a serious impact on efforts to combat animal disease, said Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Media and Strategic Communications Director Mark O’Neill.

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