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Topic: Budget
Pennsylvania Legacies #54: True Colors

Pennsylvania Legacies #54: True Colors

September 15, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Lawmakers took another step this week toward what would be the biggest reduction in state funding for local environment and energy projects in Pennsylvania history. We’ll get an update from the state capitol. Then, fall foliage season is getting off...

What to Watch This Fall in Harrisburg

What to Watch This Fall in Harrisburg

September 5, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

The annual summertime budget drama isn’t over yet, but the agenda for this fall’s legislative session is already taking shape. Looking ahead to the session that begins September 11, PA Environment Daily has compiled a running list of the key environment bills that...

Pennsylvania Legacies #52: Taking Charge

Pennsylvania Legacies #52: Taking Charge

September 1, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

A legislative raid on special environment & conservation funds may leave communities on the hook for money already spent on local grant-funded projects; Shell agrees to fenceline monitoring at its new ethane cracker; and Hurricane Harvey delivers a stark warning...

Pennsylvania Legacies #48: Unprecedented

Pennsylvania Legacies #48: Unprecedented

August 4, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

  A deal struck as part of the state budget process could hamstring the Department of Environmental Protection and put permitting decisions in the hands of unqualified private actors. One former DEP chief warns these amendments would set a disastrous...

A Bad Solution to the Wrong Problem

A Bad Solution to the Wrong Problem

July 31, 2017By: Davitt Woodwell

The Pennsylvania Senate and, by all appearances, Governor Wolf, have struck a deal that aims to mitigate the Commonwealth’s fiscal issues at the sole expense of environmental protections. What have they done? Essentially, they have proposed to nullify the Department of...

Much Ado About Not Much

July 12, 2017By: John Walliser

The General Assembly has left Harrisburg, two days after Governor Wolf allowed a General Fund budget bill to become law without his signature. While there is apparent agreement on how much money will be allocated for state programs over the...

Pennsylvania Legacies #25: DEP in Triage Mode

Pennsylvania Legacies #25: DEP in Triage Mode

February 11, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Governor Tom Wolf’s 2017-2018 budget includes no substantial funding increase for the Department of Environmental Protection, an agency that’s been understaffed for more than a decade. As budget season gets underway, we look to former DEP Secretary David Hess for...

The Budget & Protecting the Public Trust

The Budget & Protecting the Public Trust

December 11, 2015By: Davitt Woodwell

No one will dispute that the now-annual spectacle of the Commonwealth budget reflects poorly on the current state of governance in Harrisburg. What hasn’t been acknowledged enough, however, is the surreptitious use of this spectacle to undermine environmental protections. Over...

Avoiding Future Pollution Legacies

February 27, 2015By: John Walliser

An article in the Wall Street Journal this week underscored the reality that any boom in natural resource development – including natural gas – ultimately recedes. Too frequently, the end of the boom results in tremendous environmental and financial burdens...

The (Brief) Transition to 2015

November 9, 2014By: John Walliser

With the election of Tom Wolf as the incoming 47th Governor of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg is in the midst of a relative calm with respect to policy activity. PEC’s Davitt Woodwell already summed up the big picture facing the Governor-elect with...