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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 8, 2016

Several 4-H members and volunteers talk about the benefits they've gained as a result of being involved in 4-H.

March 7, 2016

Penn State Provost Nick Jones talks about the impact on Penn State ag research and extension if state funding for the programs is not restored.

March 5, 2016

Chuck Gill, public relations specialist in communications and marketing, says without state funding, Extension wouldn’t exist as people know it now.

March 4, 2016

A 13-yr-old 4-H member from Delaware County makes a plea to elected officials to ensure the future of 4-H by resolving the state budget impasse and restoring funding for Penn State Extension.

March 3, 2016

Without action to release appropriations that are eight months overdue, there will be profound changes to four universities that together educate more than 110,000 Pennsylvanians each year. That was the clear message Wednesday (March 2) from leaders of Penn State, Temple, Lincoln and the University of Pittsburgh during their appropriations hearings before the House and Senate, and in a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda.

March 3, 2016

During budget hearings in Harrisburg, Penn State Provost Nick Jones comments about the implications of zero state funding for ag research and cooperative extension.

March 3, 2016

Joe Stanco, 4-H extension educator, and 4-H members and leaders discuss the value of 4-H to Pennsylvania youth in light of the state budget impasse that could put the programs at risk.

March 2, 2016

The newspaper's editorial board calls for an end to the state budget impasse so that appropriations can flow to Penn State ag research and extension programs.

March 2, 2016

Gregory Martin, poultry extension educator, comments on the potential impacts of a loss of state funding for ag research and extension.

March 1, 2016

Dean Rick Roush discusses the implications of the state budget impasse for the college.

March 1, 2016

In an op-ed, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Rick Ebert says restoring funding for ag research and extension in the current year's budget is critical for the state's agriculture.

February 26, 2016

At a meeting of Penn State's Board of Trustees on Feb. 26, President Eric Barron outlined the projected, irreversible impact of Harrisburg's budget stalemate on the University's Agricultural Research and Extension operations. If state appropriations for the programs, which provide a wide range of critical services to the agricultural community in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, are not approved before May, Barron said 1,100 positions could be lost statewide.

February 19, 2016

A local legislator, a teacher and college public relations specialist Chuck Gill talk about the line item veto of the Land Scrip Fund and what a lack of state funding would mean for Penn State Extension and 4-H.

February 12, 2016

Chuck Gill, public relations specialist in communications and marketing, comments on the ongoing state budget stalemate and how it's affecting extension programs.

January 7, 2016

Chuck Gill, public relations specialist in communications and marketing, is quoted about the line-item veto of state funds for ag research and cooperative extension.