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?

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PEC Statement on State Budget Negotiations

June 24, 2010

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council today joined the Pennsylvania Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Pennsylvania Office of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) on the following...

Proposed Budget Framework Puts Pennsylvania’s Environment at Further Risk

September 11, 2009

Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) President and CEO Don Welsh today issued the following statement on the proposed budget framework agreement set forth by leadership from the General Assembly this morning. “This budget proposal does nothing to address the critical funding...

PEC and TNC Statement on House Budget Negotiations

July 16, 2009

Text of Letter from Don Welsh, President & CEO of PEC, and William Kunze, Pennsylvania State Director of The Nature Conservancy: As the House of Representatives considers House Bill 1416 and related budget amendments, the Pennsylvania Chapter of The Nature...

PEC Urges House Committee to Dedicate Funding for Environmental Programs

June 19, 2009

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council today urged members of the House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee, who will meet next week to consider House 1489 (establishing a severance tax on natural gas extraction), to dedicate a meaningful percentage of any severance...

Don’t be Penny Wise and Pound Foolish on Environmental Budget

May 26, 2009

Starting June 1, against the backdrop of stark economic conditions, the state budget negotiations begin in earnest in Harrisburg.  Many thorny choices need to be made; not just about where budget cuts should occur, but also about where new, reasonable...

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Environmental advocates worry over creative math in Wolf’s budget

February 7, 2019Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Nonsense. That’s how Gov. Tom Wolf, just two years ago, described a House Republican plan to to raid 47 budget accounts across Pennsylvania state government close a $1 billion hole in the state budget. Now, as he rolls out the first budget...

Pennsylvania Legacies #65: Success Story
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Pennsylvania Legacies #65: Success Story

January 26, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Since its inception in 1993, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund has made possible the creation or improvement of thousands of community assets – everything from trails and green space to libraries and historic sites. In honor of the...

Pennsylvania Legacies #54: True Colors
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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...