Jan Murphy, PennLive

I cover state government and basic and higher education policy. Reach me at JMurphy@pennlive.com or at 717-255-4106 or 717-255-4106.

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10 years later, Pa.’s open records law has improved access, but some say the law has its flaws

Pennsylvania was once regarded as having one of the worst open records law in the United States.

By Jan Murphy, PennLive

Nation’s oldest historically black university unveils its plan to put the school on sounder financial footing

Cheyney’s supporters are looking for a pathway to keep the school operating in a financially sustainable way
By Jan Murphy, PennLive

Gov. Tom Wolf wants to offer first-of-its-kind college tuition benefit to Pa. National Guard member families

Only Minnesota offers a similar educational benefit to its Guard members
By Jan Murphy, PennLive

Pitt, Penn State, Temple and Lincoln look for help to achieve their tuition freeze goal

“I could drop tuition by 15 percent if [state funding] just kept up with inflation over that period of time.”
By Jan Murphy, PennLive

Pa. Lottery on track for a record year, but challenges may threaten its support for senior programs

Republican senators fear the lottery’s revenue projections for the next year or two may come in as much as $50 million to $70 million short.

By Jan Murphy, PennLive

Short on cash and students, a historically black university in Pa. faces a ‘watershed moment’

The system’s board is meeting this week to decide whether to loan $10 million to Cheyney to cover its shortfall for this year.

By Jan Murphy, PennLive

Finding younger farmers: Gov. Tom Wolf proposes tax breaks, loans in new Pa. Farm Bill

The package includes low-interest loans, grants, tax breaks and other measures to attract a new crop of farmers in Pennsylvania.

By Jan Murphy, PennLive

A new day may be dawning at Pa. Capitol when it comes to allegations of sexual misconduct

"I’m totally disgusted with the behavior, at a minimum.”
By Jan Murphy, PennLive

Pa. State System’s redesign plan would allow students to take a course at any of its schools

“In my mind, it’s not taking away from the identity of any university but it’s adding."
By Jan Murphy, PennLive

Is the time right for Pa. to legalize pot?

‘Let’s think about this,’ says Sen. Daylin Leach
By Jan Murphy, PennLive