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Penn State will finally be getting its funding from the state. On Wednesday night, the General Assembly ended its budget impasse, including approving appropriations for Penn State and the other state-related universities. 

State funding for Penn State had been in limbo since the start of the fiscal year in July. So much so, the university suggested students might get a bigger tuition bill midyear.

That waiting game ended when the General Assembly approved funding for Penn State. The budget means a mid-year tuition bump for students is off the table.

PA politicians around a table
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(Harrisburg) -- The state House of Representatives has narrowly voted to move a budget plan built largely on one-time fund transfers.

Although it represents the first action on the overdue budget in well over a month, it’s unclear how much it’ll move the needle toward a resolution.

The Senate and the administration of Governor Tom Wolf both support a very different plan that raises several taxes—something the House majority wants to avoid completely.

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PA Budget Passes After Fast-track Negotiation

Jul 14, 2016
Lawmakers with paperwork
Marc Levy / AP Photo

After two days with an underfunded state budget, lawmakers have approved a revenue plan to balance the $31.5 billion spending bill.

 

Governor Tom Wolf has signed it Wednesday evening, putting an end to the 2016/17 budget process.

 

Wolf said the action saved the commonwealth from a repeat of last year’s budget debacle.

 

“Today’s passage of a revenue package means we avoid another lengthy impasse,” he said in an official statement. “Our budget is balanced this year, and we have greatly reduced the budget’s structural deficit.”

 

Lock Haven Students Rally For State Funding

Feb 8, 2016
Pennsylvania State Capitol Building
Carolyn Kaster / AP

Students and faculty from state-owned universities across the state traveled to Harrisburg to advocate for increased funding for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Lock Haven University students and faculty wearing the school’s colors boarded a bus to the state capitol on Monday. The state system’s faculty union sponsored a bus for each state-owned university to send students, faculty and alumni to advocate for more state funding for higher education.