Over the weekend, the Pennsylvania General Assembly finished their negotiations on the 2012-2013 state budget, which was quickly signed into law by Governor Corbett. The Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund will continue unharmed in the coming year. This fund has been the centerpiece for conservation and recreation projects across the state since its establishment in 1993.
Early budget proposals eliminated the entire Keystone Fund, and later versions slashed the fund in half. Thanks to the outreach of citizens across Pennsylvania, the state’s decision-makers came to understand the value of this fund, and they restored it in the final budget.
The Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund was established in 1993 through a voter referendum, a 48-0 vote in the Pennsylvania Senate, and a 196-3 vote in the House. Since then, it has funded worthy projects in every corner of the state.
The Keystone Fund is funded by 15% of the State’s realty transfer tax.