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The Issue: Penn State Extension may soon be forced to take drastic steps – including ceasing operations – unless lawmakers agree to restore funding eliminated in a budget veto. VIDEO Background: Governor Tom Wolf used his line-item veto authority in December 2015 to eliminate funding to numerous agriculture programs in a budget lawmakers presented just before Christmas. Agriculture was hard hit by the line-item veto, including the elimination of $50 million in funding approved by the General Assembly to Penn State for Extension and Research. Eliminating state funding to Penn State Extension – which uses those state dollars to leverage federal and local spending – puts the future of Extension (and programs like 4-H) in jeopardy, including the possibility of closing. Penn State President, Eric Barron, warned that if a budget for the current year’s operations is not in place soon, furlough notices would likely be sent to more than 1,100 Extension employees. Penn State Extension is not permitted, by law, to use any tuition dollars. Instead the network of food, plant, and animal experts reaching all 67 Pennsylvania counties, rely on state, federal and local appropriations to operate. On March 16 the Pennsylvania House and Senate passed a supplementary budget measure that would fully fund Penn State Extension and other agriculture priorities (like the Animal Health Labs, Ag Excellence programs and Fairs) for the current fiscal year. The legislation now needs the Governor’s signature. Unfortunately, the Governor has already indicated he intends to veto this bi-partisan supported budget. to see how your Click here State Representative and State Senator voted on HB 1801.
IN THE NEWS:
3/23/16 Clearfield Progress: Local legislators, farm bureau react to state budget news
3/23/16 LancasterOnline: Pa. Farm Bureau says Extension offices get vital funding and won’t have to close
3/23/16 Wilkes-Barre Times Leader: Gov. Wolf relents after 9-month budget impasse
3/23/16 New Castle News: County, state officials express relief at budget passage
3/23/16 Lancaster Farming: Governor Will Let Ag Funding Become Law
3/23/16 Lebanon Daily News” Local officials react to passed budget
3/23/16 Tribune Democrat: LTE: Politics dictate the next meal
3/22/16 York Dispatch: Pa. budget crisis could cause York County ag office to close
3/22/16 Tribune-Democrat: Building on 100 years of Cambria 4-H
3/21/16 Delaware County Daily Times: Pa. budget impasse continues to collect victims
3/21/16 West Chester Daily Local News: Lack of state budget puts 4-H programs in danger
3/21/16 Allentown Morning Call: Democrats urge Wolf to relent on veto threat in budget fight
3/20/16 Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Sign the budget: Reform is fine, but Wolf must first OK spending
3/20/16 Carlisle Sentinel: Budget Woes in Wolf’s lap
3/20/16 PennLive/Harrisburg Patriot-News: Budget veto threat lingers while Gov. Tom Wolf seeks counsel with Democratic allies
3/19/16 Lebanon Daily News: Farm Bureau urges Wolf to sign spending plan
3/18/16 The Huffington Post: When Politics Attack Your Plate
3/18/16 The Herald-Standard: Democrats line up behind GOP budget bill
3/18/16 Lancaster Farming: Legislators Hear more Pleas for Ag Funding
3/17/16 Dairy Agenda Today: PFB: New Budget Bill Saves Penn State Ag Research, Extension
3/17/16 PennLive/Gov. Wolf should drop veto threat- it’s time to get it done
3/17/16 PennLive/With Dem. support for Pa. budget impasse, GOP may be able to override Wolf veto
3/17/16 Gettysburg Time: Farm Bureau asks Wolf to approve budget
3/17/16 The Fulton County News: Penn State Extension Could Close
3/17/16 The Republican Herald: Commissioners renew contracts with Penn State Ag Extension
3/17/16 Philly.com: Another day of budget battling
3/17/16 LancasterOnline.com: Administration’s budget playbook: ‘You don’t want to waste a crisis’
3/17/16 Chambersburg Public Opinion: Bringing PA budget battle to a merciful end
3/17/16 Towanda Daily Review: Sen. Gene Yaw voted to restore Wolf’s cuts to schools/agriculture
3/16/16 The Bradford Era: Penn STate Extension, other programs nearing crisis
3/16/16 The Bradford Era: Penn STate Extension, other programs nearing crisis
3/16/16 Wilkes-Barre Times Leader: Sound off to Harrisburg
3/16/16 Reading Eagle: Lawmakers warn of threat to Penn State extension programs
3/16/16 Uniontown Herald-Standard: Wolf Veto of ag funding could cost jobs, money
3/15/16 The Times: State legislators hear how agricultural programs affect state, farmers
3/14/16 Bucks County Courier Times: Budget crisis and food prices
3/14/15 American Agriculturalist: 4-Hers lobby for Penn State Extension
3/14/16 Wilkes Barre Times Leader: State budget stalemate holds PSU Extension in limbo
3/14/16 PennLive/Hsbg-Patriot News: Why the Threat to PSU’s Ag extension could affect you...
3/14/16 Lewistown Sentinel: Impasse threatens closure of PSU extension/research ...
3/14/16 Lancasteronline.com: Lancaster Co.y PSU Extension offices face closure
3/13/16 The Times-Tribune: Worsening budget mess awaiting lawmakers
3/13/16 Sharon Herald: Ag cuts threaten to close Extension service, 4-H
3/13/16 Sharon Herald: Of farm and family: Extension offers far more than ag services
3/13/16 Indiana Gazette: End Wolf’s war on farm families
3/13/16 Tri-County Sunday: PSU cooperative extensions given tentative expiration date
3/13/16 GoErie.com: Pennsylvania Extension and 4-H programs hang in the balance
3/13/16 Observer-Reporter of Washington Co.: 4-H: Head/Heart/Hands/Health & Halt?
3/12/16 York Daily Record: Pa. budget threat worries Master Gardeners
3/11/16 The Daily Item: Editorial: Impasse snares more captives
3/11/16 Meadville Tribune: Ag cuts threaten to close statewide extension service, 4-H
3/11/16 EllwoodCity.org: Ag Committees to Hold Hearing on Cuts to Agriculture Funding
3/10/16 Wilkes-Barre Times Leader: Local farmers voice concerns ag secretary...
3/10/16 American Agriculturalist: PSU Extension & 4-H is #1, no thanks to politics
3/10/16 Hanover Evening Sun: Penn State's land-grant status is in danger
3/10/16 Beaver County Times: Funding cuts in Harrisburg could close PSU Extension...
3/10/16 The Bradford Era: In danger: Penn State Extension programs...
3/10/16 Country Folks: Losing our land grant
3/10/16 Philly.com: Letter: Pa. budget stalemate threatens farming
3/9/16 Westfield Press Courier: State budget veto could effect 4-H
3/9/16 Somerset Daily American: Somerset Co. residents lobby for PSU Extension funding
3/9/16 Reading Eagle/Berks Country: Budget battle gores Penn State Extension program
3/9/16 Gettysburg Times: Governor's funding veto poised to kill research, farming
3/9/16 Central Penn Business Journal: Ag industry faces spring season with zero funding
3/9/16 Reading Eagle/Berks Country.: Tell PA lawmakers to end the budget crisis...
3/8/16 Somerset Daily American: Penn State Extension is in financial jeopardy
3/8/16 Chambersburg Public Opinion: PSU Extension falls victim to Pa. budget impasse
3/7/16 Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Westmoreland Co. group takes 4-H fight to Harrisburg
3/4/16 Philly.com: Letter: Thwarting the farmers of tomorrow
3/3/16 PennLive/Harrisburg-Patriot News: Is the state backing out of partnerships?
3/3/16 Citizens Voice: Penn State’s agricultural offices in crosshairs
3/3/16 York Dispatch: Farm Bureau may lose land grant
3/2/16 Standard Journal: Pa. agriculture — a worthy investment
3/2/16 Wilkes-Barre Times Leader: Help us #SavePSUag!
3/2/16 PennLive/Harrisburg Patriot-News: Tell your lawmakers/Gov. - save Extension..
3/2/16 The Scranton Times Tribune: Agricultural aid next budget victim
3/2/16 Meadville Tribune: What PA's land grant university does for farm families...
3/1/16 York Daily Record/Sunday News: Budget stalemate threatens ag extension
3/1/16 New Castle News: Agriculture too critical to ignore
2/29/16 Farm and Dairy: PA busget impasse hits Penn State ag college, Extension
2/29/16 Delaware Co. Daily Times: Pa.’s budget crisis threatens PSU Extension ...
2/29/16 Central Penn Business Journal: State budget impasse threatens PSU agribusiness
2/29/16 AgWeb (Farm Journal): Penn State’s Ag Extension Offices Threatened in Budget Fight
2/28/16 Allentown Morning Call: No budget could force Penn State to close extension offices
2/26/16 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penn State warns it may have to lay off 1,100 in agriculture-related programs
2/26/16 Allentown Morning Call: Penn State’s agricultural extension offices threatened in state budget fight
2/26/16 Altoona Mirror: Penn State agriculture workers facing layoffs
2/19/16 American Agriculturalist: 4-H, Extension and ag research needs Penn State line-item backers
2/3/16 American Agriculturalist: Zero-funding by Pa. governor risks major ag program damage
1/1/16 FARMING: Let’s help Penn State in the Fight Against Avian Flu