There is encouraging news in the drive to restore dedicated funding for the Keystone Fund, farmland preservation, and the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) program — all programs that Gov. Corbett wants to permanently eliminate. But the fate of these valuable programs could hinge on these negotiations and the amount of extra spending cuts that may be needed in the final budget agreement.
Legislative leaders are advising their members to plan be in Harrisburg on Monday thru Friday of next week, and seven days a week starting Monday, June 25, until the budget and related bills are passed. PennFuture will be working and being your watchdog over these important sessions and negotiations around the clock, and Policy Director Steve Stroman is making his own very special preparations for the long days and nights ahead.
Over 2,000 farm families who want to participate in the program are on a waiting list. Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board announced that the program had protected another 2,389 acres of farmland on 28 farms.
Promoting alternative fuels also helps reduce high gasoline prices. Please take action to preserve funding for AFIG by contacting your legislators through PennFuture's website.
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