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Governor’s Budget Reduces Funding for Green Infrastructure Projects

Thursday, February 28, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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HARRISBURG – Governor Wolf released his 2019-2020 fiscal year budget on February 5, 2019 with greatly reduced funding for green infrastructure projects, such as tree plantings, stream-side buffers, and flood plain restoration.

The Governor’s budget proposes taking $78 million away from two important funding sources for green infrastructure projects, the Keystone Fund and the Environmental Stewardship Fund. The budget uses the money instead to fund the day-to-day operating costs of the Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

Currently, the House and Senate are conducting budget hearings to consider the 2019-2020 state budget. The Growing Greener Coalition has sent a letter to Governor Wolf and General Assembly leadership asking that these cuts be restored in the final budget, which must be passed and signed by June 30, 2019. To read a copy of this letter, click here.

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