PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



State Budget Includes 2% Increase In Penn State’s General Support Appropriation

Governor Tom Wolf approved a $34-billion state budget Friday that includes a 2% increase in Penn State’s general support appropriation. The increased funding represents a boost of about $4.75 million for Penn State.

The appropriation package, which amounts to $337.2 million in total, also includes increases of 2.6 and 17.6% in funding for Penn State agricultural research and the Pennsylvania College of Technology, respectively. The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center was granted level funding.

Wolf originally planned to sign the budget Thursday evening after it was approved by the State Senate. A last-minute disagreement between the two branches of the state legislature forced Wolf to push the signing to Friday.

“With four of the past five budgets including increases to Penn State’s funding, we are thankful that leadership in Harrisburg, particularly Sen. Corman, Rep. Benninghoff and Gov. Wolf, has shown support for Penn State and public higher education,” Penn State President Eric Barron said in a release.

The Board of Trustees will confirm the university’s 2019-2020 operating budget at its July meeting now that the appropriation totals are confirmed.

The added funding represents a win for Penn State’s newly-established lobbying initiative Advocate Penn State, which replaced the university’s grassroots network in January.

Advocate Penn State and its affiliated Student organization Lion Caucus aim to make Penn State’s legislative goals, and how community members can help the university achieve them, clear to students and alumni. It encouraged Penn Staters to send legislators letters of support for the funding increase through a customizable form on its website.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Jim Davidson

Jim is a junior English and history major and the features editor for Onward State. He, like most of the Penn State undergraduate population, is from 'just outside Philadelphia,' and grew up in Spring City, Pennsylvania. He covers a variety of Penn State topics, but spends nine months of every year waiting for the start of soccer season. You can reach him via email at [email protected] or follow him on twitter @messijim.


Penn State Alumni To Appear On New Wedding TV Show

Penn State alumni Maria Umana and Trey Cody will search for their perfect wedding venue on “I Do To The Venue” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 on FYI Network.

Matt Millen Will Return To Big Ten Network Broadcast Booth For 2019 Season

New Big Ten Network president Francois McGillicuddy announced Millen will return to the broadcast booth as an analyst during the 2019 college football season.

Send this to a friend