HARRISBURG – The Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education voted yesterday to request $550 million in state funding for the next fiscal year as part of a renewed partnership between the State System and the Commonwealth. The request exceeds last year’s general operating appropriation by $73 million. In combination with cost-saving measures taken over the last several years, this historic increase wo​uld put the System on an even more stable financial footing. The $73 million state funding increase will enable the System to continue implementing plans for university integrations that were approved in July; to further invest in the diversity, equity and inclusion plan approved in April; and support other initiatives while reducing universities’ dependence on additional budget cuts or tuition increases.