GOP push to free cash for Pa.-related universities fails

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.

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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.

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