Pennsylvania Park Recreation and Conservation Fund under Attack
Yet another state is threatened with loss of critical funding for parks, this time the state of Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Corbett (R) has proposed to permanently eliminate the Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund in the FY 13 state budget. The Keystone Fund, in existence since 1994, is a dedicated state fund that would provide $30 million for local and statewide parks and recreation projects in FY 13. The fund derives its revenues from a small portion of the state real estate transfer tax and has invested more than $360 million since its inception in more than 3,000 local and statewide park, recreation, and conservation projects. This latest cut to conservation funding comes on the heels of recent cuts to the state’s Growing Greener Environmental Stewardship Fund and the state’s Agricultural Preservation Fund.
The impending elimination of the Keystone Fund has stu....
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