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Pennsylvania’s land, water and air are facing significant threats and impacts due to drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. Because of this, the Commonwealth should be increasing, not decreasing, funding for the programs that protect our land, water, air and communities.
The signatories of this petition urge the General Assembly to reject the Governor's proposed cuts to, and eliminitation of, essential environmental, conservation and recreation programs.
Under the proposed budget, the Corbett administration has proposed:
* Transferring $30 million from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund to the general fund, and permanently eliminating this popular and important conservation and recreation program. This is the largest cut in conservation funding in state history.
* Diverting the state's cigarette sales tax from its historical purpose of funding farmland preservation to funding the general fund. This is a permanent diversion that will eventually kill this critical program.
* Continuing the flawed practice of using the Environmental Stewardship Fund to pay the Growing Greener II bond debt service, leaving just $23 million available for Growing Greener programs and projects, the lowest amount of funding in recent decades.
Together, these programs have supported thousands of park and trail projects throughout the Commonwealth, preserved thousands of acres of family farmland, conserved thousands of acres of threatened open space and protected hundreds of miles of streams and waterways. In addition, they have contributed and leveraged billions of dollars to the Pennsylvania economy by helping to boost tourism, create jobs and generate revenue.
Let's show the General Assembly that Pennsylvanians are serious about protecting the Commonwealth's land, water and future by signing this petition.
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