Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gov. Wolf Signs Bill to Fund State-Related Universities

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gov. Wolf Signs Bill to Fund State-Related Universities

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HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's state-related universities will receive nearly $600 million in funding after Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed bills approving the spending.

Funding for the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University, Temple and Lincoln universities, as well as the University of Pennsylvania's veterinary school, had been delayed during a four-month budget impasse that appears to have broken this week. Some schools warned of mid-year tuition hikes or the possibility of erasing discounts for in-state students if the funding did not come through.

"Our flagship higher education institutions should never again be held hostage in the General Assembly's budget process," Mr. Wolf, a Democrat, said in a statement. "These are high-impact and invaluable assets for our commonwealth's students and economy. Our state investment helps keep these world-class universities affordable for state students. …

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