Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Rep. David Levdansky Opposes Budget Deal

Rep. Levdansky noted unlike most public policy decisions made by the General Assembly, if leasing was allowed to go ahead, the impact would be irrevocable. "If we make a mistake on this, the damages and the consequences will last and haunt us forever."
He said the professionals at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources should be allowed to make the decisions on how much and when State Forest land should be leased, not the General Assembly.
Rep. Levdansky said the group of legislators who share this concern "are big enough to get the attention (of Leadership)." He noted two years ago a similar group of legislators and environmental groups successfully opposed taking $40 million from the Keystone Recreation, Parks and Conservation Fund to support the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Program which did not have its own funding source. (Pa Environment Digest 7/13/07)
Click here to read article on event.
Other speakers at the event--
Rep. Greg Vitali
Jan Jarrett, PennFuture
Jeff Saunders, Pa Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs
Kathy Davis, Quality Deer Management
Judy Swank, 10,000 Friends of PA.