Coalition Statement on Governor’s Proposed Budget

Coalition Statement on Governor’s Proposed Budget

For Immediate Release:  February 4, 2014

Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition Expresses Cautious Optimism
Over Governor’s Proposed Budget
Organization Calls for Restoration of Heritage Areas Program Funding

(HARRISBURG, PA) The Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition, the largest coalition of conservation, recreation and preservation organizations in the Commonwealth, today issued the following statement from Executive Director Andrew Heath in response to Governor Corbett’s 2014-15 budget proposal:

“The Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition is grateful that the Governor recognizes the importance of maintaining the programs that protect and restore our drinking water, preserve our farms and open spaces, and provide recreational opportunities.

“We appreciate that the Governor’s proposed budget appears to leave intact funding for critical programs such as Growing Greener, Keystone ’93 and Historic and Agriculture Preservation.

“However, the Coalition has grave concerns about the elimination of funding for the Heritage Areas Program, which has successfully conserved and enhanced the state’s natural resources and promoted tourism development for nearly 25 years.

“The Legislature rightly rescued this important program last year, and we are surprised and disappointed that it is slated for the chopping block again this year.

“The Coalition looks forward to working with the Corbett Administration and members of the House and Senate to restore funding for the Heritage Areas Program, which creates jobs and brings business to the region, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenues.”

 

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2 Comments on "Coalition Statement on Governor’s Proposed Budget"

  • Dennis Slagle says

    Tourism is a huge industry in PA. For many years, the Heritage program has promoted PA as a great place to visit and has been a part of the growth of tourism. We can’t be all about drilling gas wells or gambling at a casino! There is much more to Pennsylvania than those two industries, Think about it before you make those final cuts!

  • Derek Davis says

    Ideally, we learn from our history, and the Heritage Regions are hotbeds of history, showing how the past has carried through to the present, and by extension, how the present can carry through to the future.
    It does us harm as individuals and as a society to confine our outlook to immediate gain and not see where we fit into the fabric of time and place. The Heritage Regions encourage tourism, yes, but they also encourage thought and a broader perspective for all of us.
    Let’s not sever ourselves and our children from the lessons of the past. Actively preserve what we have so that it will still be there tomorrow. The Heritage Regions do a terrific job of this at a remarkably low cost.

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