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Penn State may hike tuition even with budget bump

Plus: Broadband project moves forward in Centre County, corporate filing system switch leads to longer waits, & DuBois solicitor talks manager arrest

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April 27, 2023
Save the dates! For the first time ever, Spotlight PA’s State College bureau will be participating in Centre Gives! We are seeking readers to help promote our campaign on social media May 10-11. Want to help? Get in touch at membership@spotlightpa.org.
Inside this edition: Affordability a top issue for Pa. state-related universities, broadband project moving forward in Centre County, and a free event on Pa. legislative priorities.
AFFORDABILITY CONCERNS
Real quick: Despite a funding boost, Pennsylvania’s state-related universities may still raise what is already some of the most expensive tuition in the nation, Spotlight PA’s Wyatt Massey reports.

A little more: Pennsylvania’s four state-related universities are asking the legislature for a long-awaited budget increase, but the schools’ leaders have not said whether more money would prevent future tuition hikes.

As part of his first budget as governor, Democrat Josh Shapiro proposed increasing the general state appropriation to Lincoln University, Penn State University, Temple University, and the University of Pittsburgh by 7.1% each, or more than $40 million collectively. 

These universities have a special status that allows them to operate independently while receiving money from the state, unlike state-run Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

They use the lump sum to subsidize in-state tuition for Pennsylvania students, but despite those subsidies, the universities have some of the most expensive tuition in the country.

Lawmakers and Shapiro have until June 30 to pass a new budget.

The full story: Read more here.
NOTABLE / QUOTABLE
“Granting a petition of guardianship should be taken with great caution and utmost respect for the person’s basic rights.”

—State Sen. Judy Ward (R., Blair) said at a hearing on guardianship in the Capitol last month
📝 FROM SPOTLIGHT PA
» Editors’ Note: Penn State president unfairly took aim at ‘fake news’ in local media

» Pa. doesn’t fund public defense. Shapiro’s budget would change that.


» Bill allowing counties to process mail ballots early clears first hurdle in Pa. House

» Switch to Pa.’s corporate filing system led to backlog and longer waits for business owners

» LEGISLATIVE AGENDA: Join us tonight from 6-7 p.m. on Zoom for a free panel on what issues and policies are on the state legislature’s docket in 2023. Register for the event here and submit your questions to events@spotlightpa.org
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🗳 ELECTION CENTER
Daniel Fishel / For Spotlight PA
» A complete guide to the May 16 primary
» How Spotlight PA will cover Pa.’s 2023 primary election
» A guide to requesting, filling out, and returning your mail ballot
» A guide to vetting candidates
» A guide to Commonwealth, Superior Court candidates
» A guide to the Pa. Supreme Court candidates
» Guía completa de los candidatos a la Corte Suprema del Estado
» At least one big hurdle remains to open primaries in Pa.

» Court decision does little to clear up ballot curing confusion
» How unequal policies disenfranchised Pa. voters in 2022
» Supreme Court candidates with party backing show fundraising advantage


» Register to vote in the May 16 primary here; deadline May 1
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📷 LOCAL GEM
A bee hotel at The Arboretum at Penn State, via Amy Z.

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📰 IN OTHER NEWS
» CDT: Broadband project moves forward in Centre County
» CDT: ‘School board boot camp’ that opposes LGBTQ, CRT postponed
» Spirit: DuBois solicitor speaks on city manager arrest

» CDT: Firefighters who battled Philipsburg wildfire receive support
» WPSU: Competing conversations on Penn State’s DEIB progress
» Mirror: Area bat population slowly but steadily rebounding

» Sun-Gazette: Pa.’s natural gas production curbed by capacity limits
📅 EVENTS
Want us to list your event? Send it to us.

» April 27: Pleasant Gap Rotary is making its annual chicken and waffle meal to fundraise for local nonprofits.

» April 29-May 13: Lewisburg Arts Council hosts the annual Celebration of the Arts. kicking off with the Lewisburg Arts Festival.

» April 29: Learn about Penn State anthropology at AnthroFest at The Arboretum at Penn State.

» April 29: Celebrate Arbor Day at Rhoneymeade.

» April 29: Smith + Front in Bellefonte hosts Plant Dazed, a “fun filled day of extreme plant love.”

» April 29: Sip Wine in the Wilds at the Clinton County Fairgrounds.
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