Penn State’s agricultural offices threatened in budget fight

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) – Penn State President Eric Barron says 1,100 agricultural extension workers across the state could be laid off this spring if the university doesn’t receive state government aid hung up in a partisan budget battle.

Barron told university trustees at a Friday meeting in Hershey that agricultural extension offices in every county also face shutdown without the school getting its state subsidy.

The school received nearly $278 million in state aid last year, including money for agricultural extension offices. But the budget fight has held up fresh aid to the school since last July 1.

Barron says the layoff notices could go out before May 1, without an agreement before then between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature. All told, some $600 million in aid is being held up to Penn State, Temple, Pitt, Lincoln and the University of Pennsylvania’s veterinary school.

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