House takes up nearly $600M for state-related universities

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 11, 2016 4:21 PM

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(Harrisburg)_ Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled House of Representatives has begun debate on a nearly $600 million package that would provide 5 percent increases for Penn State and other state-related universities.

Leaders of the Democratic minority said Monday such action is premature amid a record 7-month-old state budget stalemate.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's spokesman, Jeff Sheridan, says the GOP budget Wolf partially approved last month needs more revenue to adequately finance schools, social services and deficit reduction before the spending for universities is considered.

House Republican spokesman Steve Miskin says the more than $6 billion Wolf cut from the Republican budget should be enough to meet the needs of state government, including the universities.

The bills include funding for Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln, as well as the University of Pennsylvania's veterinarian school.

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