Mellon Financial Corp. felt some backlash from its home state’s government for getting out of consumer banking when the it was passed over for a contract to run Pennsylvania’s tax-free college investment plan.

State Treasurer Barbara Hafer announced Monday that Philadelphia’s Delaware Investments, which manages $84 billion of assets, had been selected to run the state’s 529 college savings plan. Hafer said the state had planned to use Pittsburgh-based Mellon and its Dreyfus mutual funds but that after Mellon sold its consumer banking business to Citizens Financial Corp. in July she decided to seek a new proposal.

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