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New State Budget Takes a Whack at Green Infrastructure Funds

Tuesday, September 10, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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HARRISBURG – Governor Wolf, in signing the fiscal 2019-20 state budget, took $16 million from the Environmental Stewardship Fund to cover normal operating costs of the Departments of Environmental Protection, and Conservation and Natural Resources. The Keystone Fund was left unscathed… at this point. This is less than the $78 million the Governor had proposed taking from these funds in his budget released on February 5, 2019.

However, the fiscal code bill which accompanies the budget, gives the Secretary of the Budget permanent authority to transfer up to $45 million from ANY fund under the Governor’s jurisdiction to the operating budgets of DEP and DCNR. The Wolf administration has said that they have no plans to make any such transfers… at this time.

The Environmental Stewardship Fund and the Keystone Fund provide grants to local governments and non-profit groups for green infrastructure projects, tree plantings, park development, forested stream buffers, flood plain restoration and other environmental projects. 

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