Pennsylvania lawmakers OK millions for universities, but feud over private and public school aid

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Legislature is approving aid for universities after a fight that has dragged on five months into the fiscal year. However, the politically divided body continued Wednesday to feud over school funding. Legislation to send $600 million to several universities passed both the House and Senate. But the bill lacks the increase in aid for Temple, Pitt and Penn State that Democrats had sought. Gov. Josh Shapiro was expected to sign it. Meanwhile, the House’s Democratic majority stripped from a separate schools bill a GOP-backed tax credit that largely benefits private schools. That’s because Republicans have blocked an extra $100 million that Democrats want for the poorest public schools.