Nellie Bly push loses steam, funding source as budget negotiations continue

BY: - June 24, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf’s second attempt at creating the Nellie Bly Scholarship Program, a potential lifeline for students at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-system schools with unmet financial need, will likely not be part of the fiscal 2021-22 state budget, its sponsor says. 

Poll: Majority of Pennsylvanians think slot revenue should be reallocated from horse racing industry

BY: - June 22, 2021

Whether it’s for funding students at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities or another purpose, the majority of registered voters in Pennsylvania believe tax revenue from slot machines in the commonwealth should be reallocated away from the horse racing industry, despite having read or heard little about the issue, according to a new poll. 


Report: It’s time for Pa.’s horse racing subsidy to be put out to pasture | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 28, 2021

Pa.'s $239M subsidy is a loser for the taxpayers, and the money should be directed toward education funding, advocates argue.

A risky wager? What supporters and opponents are saying about Wolf’s Nellie Bly scholarship proposal

BY: - April 11, 2021

The Wolf administration has touted the plan as a way to boost higher education funding for students in need, and to relieve some of the pressure the commonwealth is feeling from the ongoing “brain drain” crisis and declining enrollment at state-system schools.