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Business starter Ben Franklin says state funding shortfall puts Pennsylvania growth at risk

Many in the Lehigh Valley might be unaware that Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has been launching businesses since Ronald Reagan was president. But they’re probably familiar with the innovative companies the nonprofit has nurtured. Despite these successes, Ben Franklin has faced stagnant state funding or funding cuts several times in its more than 35-year existence, and it’s happening again this budget season. That hurts more than just Ben Franklin, its leaders say: It could keep Pennsylvania from competing for innovative businesses and the jobs they create. Via The Morning Call