The Pennsylvania state Senate has approved legislation to ask
voters whether they want to approve borrowing $625 million to increase
government spending on environmental initiatives.
House Bill 2 called for the following question on the 2005 primary ballot:
"Do you favor
authorizing the Commonwealth to borrow up to $625,000,000, for the
maintenance and protection of the environment, open space and farmland
preservation, watershed protection, abandoned mine reclamation, acid mine
drainage remediation and other environmental initiatives?"
voters considered --
More than 12,000 miles
of Pennsylvania rivers are listed as polluted – more than any other
state in the nation. Pennsylvania ranks first in the nation in toxins
discharged into rivers and streams, which serve as the source of
drinking water for 3/4 of the state.
Rapid development has
already destroyed half of Pennsylvania’s farmland. Pennsylvania is 5th
in the nation for land lost to development while at the same time its
population growth rate is among the slowest of all 50 states.
Pennsylvania has at
least 5,000 abandoned mines that are leaking toxic chemicals into
drinking water supplies for Pennsylvania cities and towns.
Every registered voter could vote on this bond question. That meant even
people who are registered as Independents or with other parties.
With voters approving the bond
question, legislators and the governor will work out the limit on how much
the Commonwealth can borrow each year. Such implementing legislation will
also determine the county/local share of funds.
Use of this
letter from The Farm Park Preservation Association, Inc. as a political
endorsement is strictly prohibited as required by law under Section 501©(3)
of the United States Internal Revenue Code.
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