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Frank Dermody

GOP push to free cash for state-related universities fails

A push by the state House Republican majority to bypass a months-old state budget standoff and free up $578 million for state-related universities foundered Monday as party leaders failed to attract the required two-thirds majority.

Bills containing the annual state appropriations for four universities — Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln — and the University of Pennsylvania's veterinary school have languished as lawmakers from both major parties and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf struggled to make a deal on a state budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

GOP proponents of immediately approving the university appropriations argued that negotiators for all sides...