Anti-environmental legislators in Harrisburg are still trying to use the current COVID-19 public health crisis as an excuse to attack special environmental and conservation funds.
Last week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 1822, an outrageous piece of legislation that would freeze funding that supports local parks, trails, environmental restoration projects, county conservation districts and other projects.
These funds, including the popular Growing Greener and Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund, are specifically set aside by law and are helping maintain and grow the green spaces Pennsylvanians are using at record numbers during the COVID-19 crisis.
The timing for this bill couldn’t be worse. This bill would effectively block new investments and freeze existing funding for agencies, programs and facilities at a time when we need exactly the opposite.
Our elected officials should not be using the ongoing pandemic as cover to freeze necessary funding to help keep our air and water clean.