HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A push by the Republican majority in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives to free up $578 million for Penn State and other state-related universities has failed.
Proponents in Monday’s debate argued that both parties support the increases of at least 5 percent, but Democrats said lawmakers must end a state budget deadlock now in its seventh month before appropriating money for non-state entities.
Votes on all five bills fell short of the required two-thirds majority.
The bills call for funding increases for Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln, as well as the University of Pennsylvania’s veterinarian school.
Most of the increases are 5 percent, but Lincoln would get a 7 percent boost and the Pennsylvania College of Technology, a Penn State affiliate, is slated to get an 11 percent increase.