Bill to increase transparency of Pennsylvania’s universities passes House

An effort supporters say will boost transparency in several leading Pennsylvania universities passed the House of Representatives on Monday, while the universities’ annual state subsidies remain snarled in the Legislature in a partisan funding dispute.

The measure seeks to expand what the state’s four state-related universities — the University of Pittsburgh, Temple, Lincoln and Penn State — have to publicly disclose. Currently, the universities are exempt from a number of provisions that impact state agencies, including the state-owned higher education system and community colleges.

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