Budget

Budget

In March, Governor Tom Wolf submitted the first budget of his new administration to the General Assembly. What does it do for environmental programs? Is it good news or bad news for the environment? And what can we expect now that budget negotiations are underway?


Policy Posts

PEC Position on Senate Bill 32 (P.N. 13)

January 13, 2017

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council opposes Senate Bill 32 (P.N. 13) as currently written because it continues a long trend of cutting resources and funding available to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to perform its obligations to the Commonwealth. SB...

PEC Opposes Environmental Riders to State Budget Legislation

PEC Opposes Environmental Riders to State Budget Legislation

July 11, 2016

Today the Senate quickly amended and passed legislation — Senate Bill 1229, a catch-all Administrative Code bill that accompanies the state budget – to include provisions that weaken proposed final regulations for unconventional oil and gas operations. Specifically, the amendments...

PEC Calls for Necessary DEP Funding in Advance of Budget Hearing

PEC Calls for Necessary DEP Funding in Advance of Budget Hearing

February 24, 2016

In advance of tomorrow’s (Feb. 25) budget hearing for the Department of Environmental Protection, PEC and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation have sent the attached letter below to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee that underscores the issues from a lack of DEP...

John Walliser Updates PEC’s Policy Initiatives

John Walliser Updates PEC’s Policy Initiatives

December 1, 2015

John Walliser, Senior Vice President for Legal and Government Affairs, outlines PEC’s recent initiatives in the policy sector, ranging from longwall mining and implementation of the Clean Power Plan to methane emissions. Walliser not only summarizes PEC’s work from the...

PEC Presents Opposition to Senate Bill 805

PEC Presents Opposition to Senate Bill 805

October 26, 2015

To: Members of the Pennsylvania Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee From: John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Re: Opposition to Senate Bill 805 (P.N. 922) Dear Members of the Committee: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) I...

PEC Presents Opposition to House Bill 965

PEC Presents Opposition to House Bill 965

October 26, 2015

To:  Members of the Pennsylvania Senate From:  John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Re:  Opposition to House Bill 965 (P.N. 1885) Dear Senators: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, I am writing to express our opposition to House Bill 965...

PEC Expresses Opposition to House Bill 965 (P.N. 1885)

PEC Expresses Opposition to House Bill 965 (P.N. 1885)

October 14, 2015

To:  Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives From:  John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Re:  Opposition to House Bill 965 (P.N. 1885) Dear Representative: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, I am writing to express our opposition to House...

Statement on Pennsylvania’s Budget Impasse

Statement on Pennsylvania’s Budget Impasse

October 6, 2015

Statement on Pennsylvania’s Budget Impasse Davitt Woodwell President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council October 6, 2015 A seemingly too brief summer has given way to fall transitions and, still, just shy of 100 days, Pennsylvania has no budget. Whatever one’s politics, whatever...

PEC Thanks Governor Wolf for Vetoing Senate Bill 655

PEC Thanks Governor Wolf for Vetoing Senate Bill 655

July 2, 2015

Today PEC sent the following communication to Governor Wolf thanking him for vetoing Senate Bill 655, which passed the General Assembly on June 30th. PEC objects to the inclusion of a rider in the legislation that would have inhibited rulemaking...

Impressions From Governor Tom Wolf’s First Budget Address

Impressions From Governor Tom Wolf’s First Budget Address

March 4, 2015

PEC President and CEO Davitt Woodwell shares his thoughts on Tom Wolf’s first budget address as Governor of Pennsylvania: Governor Tom Wolf has presented his first budget address. By all accounts, it has given just about everyone something to talk...

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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...

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Energy Issues: In and Out of the Pa. Budget

July 19, 2016Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania’s fiscal year budget package creates a new tax credit for power plants that clean up and burn refuse coal piles; clarifies the state’s oil and gas conservation law and shifts funding for green buildings toward natural gas infrastructure development...

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Governor’s Fiscal Code Veto Draws Mixed Reaction

March 28, 2016The PLS Reporter

Gov. Tom Wolf made his promised veto of House Bill 1327 a reality Friday, sending the disapproved Fiscal Code bill back to the House of Representatives. The Fiscal Code bill serves as the spending and policy roadmap for the budget...