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Penn State trustees set meeting on Wolf-opposed projects

The Penn State trustees have set a special public meeting via conference call for Tuesday. The only items on the agenda are the final approval and possible authorization to expend funds for the three building projects.
The Penn State trustees have set a special public meeting via conference call for Tuesday. The only items on the agenda are the final approval and possible authorization to expend funds for the three building projects. Centre Daily Times, file

Penn State trustees have unresolved business.

In November, the trustees delayed a vote on three building projects at two eastern Pennsylvania campuses. A residence hall at Penn State Brandywine is on the table with a $31.5 million price tag, along with a dining hall and student union at the same campus for another $19.6 million. A student apartment building at Penn State Abington would cost $50.6 million.

$101.7 million Total cost of three projects

The delay came after opposition to the expenditure from Secretary of Policy and Planning John Hanger, Gov. Tom Wolf’s non-voting representative to the board.

The reason, he said, was the ongoing budget battle in Harrisburg, where Wolf was championing a fiscal plan that would put millions more in the Penn State appropriation for 2015-16.

Some trustees agreed, some opposed and ultimately they decided to wait, but only for a month.

This week, the university announced a special public meeting via conference call set for 4 p.m. Tuesday. The only items on the agenda are the final approval and possible authorization to expend funds for the three building projects.

Telephone meeting can be heard at www.wpsu.org/live.

The governor’s office has not given up its stance.

“We continue to engage in discussions with other trustees, but we believe the price of this project is too high,” said press secretary Jeffrey Sheridan.

The public can listen to an audio stream of the meeting online at www.WPSU.org/live.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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