But it ain't over yet. Some of the key final details in the budget — and potential last-minute mischief — will be found in the Fiscal Code bill (Senate Bill 1263), which will be amended today. The Fiscal Code implements portions of the budget, makes transfers between funds, and over the years has been a source of many last-minute and not-so-nice surprises.
It looks like all funding for the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund and Pennsylvania's nationally recognized farmland preservation program will be restored. But we're not going to celebrate until we see what happens with the Fiscal Code. We're also hearing very good things about restoring funding for the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) program, but the fate of this program hinges on the Fiscal Code bill as well.
PennFuture is also closely following other bills, including the historic preservation tax credit and land bank legislation. Stay tuned.
Bad DEP permitting bill on hold, thanks to citizen action
House Bill 1659 sets very short deadlines for DEP to review permits, then declares that permits are deemed approved if DEP can't meet the deadlines. Meanwhile, the General Assembly has been cutting DEP's budget, hindering its ability to review permits in a timely manner. House Bill 1659 also requires DEP to develop a plan within 90 days to outsource permit reviews to non-DEP employees.
bill moves us forward, mostly
Eagle nesting population
Summer of Energy to launch on Monday
Daze off to Penn's Woods
Daze will be back, not with a vengeance (we hope), on Friday the Thirteenth.