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2015-2016 Pennsylvania State Budget News

The potential impact of Pennsylvania's budget impasse on Penn State agricultural research and Penn State Extension, including programs such as 4-H, has generated much recent media coverage across the state.
Advocates of Penn State agricultural research and extension rally at the Capitol in support of state funding on March 9, 2016.

Advocates of Penn State agricultural research and extension rally at the Capitol in support of state funding on March 9, 2016.

This selection of news stories summarizes what's being said in print, on the air and online.

March 14, 2016

Commenting on the state budget impasse's possible impact on ag research and extension programs are extension educators Joel Hunter and Andy Muza, college public relations specialist Chuck Gill, a 4-H volunteer, a fruit grower and others.

March 14, 2016

Leon Ressler, Extension district director, and Mary Wirth, director of college relations and communications, are among those quoted about the potential effects of the state budget stalemate on ag research and extension programs.

March 13, 2016

Dean Rick Roush talks about the potential shutdown of the college's ag research and extension functions, District Director Don Tanner describes some of the local programs offered by Extension, and stakeholders explain how these programs benefit them.

March 13, 2016

Extension District Director Jon Laughner talks about local programs that could be lost if the state budget stalemate isn't resolved, and college public relations specialist Chuck Gill discusses the potential impact on the statewide organization.

March 13, 2016

College stakeholders, legislators and District Director Joe Conklin comment on the ongoing budget stalemate that affects Penn State Extension and 4-H programs.

March 13, 2016

Coverage of a rally held by Penn State ag research and extension supporters at the Capitol, scheduled in conjunction with a legislative budget hearing for the Department of Agriculture. Dean Rick Roush and others are quoted.

March 13, 2016

Potential closures of extension offices and 4-H programs are cited as a tension point in the ongoing state budget impasse.

March 13, 2016

The newspapers editorial board calls on state elected officials to compromise on the budget so things such as Penn State Extension can be funded.

March 12, 2016

The editorial board of WTAE laments possible layoffs at Penn State Extension as the result of the state budget stalemate.

March 12, 2016

Penn State Master Gardeners in York County express concerns over the program's future in light of the state's budget impasse that thteatens funding for Penn State Extension.

March 12, 2016

The newspaper's editorial board calls on state leaders to end their budget stalemate and restore funding for Penn State ag research and extension, among other things.

March 12, 2016

Coverage of the House Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Department of Agriculture and the associated rally at the Capitol by 4-H members and other supporters of Penn State ag research and extension programs.

March 12, 2016

Dean Rick Roush will be among those testifying at a joint hearing of the House and Senate Ag and Rural Affairs committees.

March 11, 2016

A summary of the House Appropriations Committee testimony of Pa. Budget Secretary Randy Albright, including mentions of Penn State Extension funding and potential office closures.

March 11, 2016

In this op-ed, Darrell Becker, of the Fayette County Farm Bureau, urges the Governor and the General Assembly to resolve the state budget impasse and restore funding for Penn State ag research and extension.

March 11, 2016

Dean Rick Roush and fruit grower Brad Hollabaugh comment on the possibility of ag research and extension program closures and layoffs.

March 11, 2016

This coverage of the state budget impasse and a rally by Penn State ag research and extension supporters includes comments from Dean Rick Roush, 4-H Extension Educator Paula Lucas, and several 4-H members and volunteers.

March 11, 2016

A group of 4-H members present a letter to county commissioners, asking for their support in persuading state officials to end the budget impasse that could cause the end of extension programs in Pennsylvania.

March 11, 2016

In this column, a 4-H member explains why 4-H is so important to her while imploring state elected officials to restore funding for Penn State ag research and extension.

March 11, 2016

Local 4-H members talk about their experiences in traveling to the Capitol in support of state funding for ag research and extension.