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On Thursday, September 19, PACD Executive Director Robert Maiden taped a segment of PCN’s “On the Issues.” The 30-minute program is conducted as a one-on-one interview style which allows the host and guest to delve into topics of interest. Maiden spoke to the work of conservation districts throughout Pennsylvania as well as the Dirt and Gravel Road Program and the comprehensive transportation funding bill package. This exclusive segment will air on Wednesday, September 25 at 8 p.m. Check your local listings for channel information. For more information about “On the Issues,” visit http://pcntv.com/programming/public-affairs-programming/on-the-issues.
On Monday, June 17, PACD Executive Director Robert Maiden had an opportunity to speak with House members about the state’s Dirt and Gravel Roads Program. Under Senate Bill 1, the conservation districts would receive $28 million for dirt and gravel roads.
Click here and scroll down to House Transportation Committee Public Hearing – 6/17/2013 to watch the video. Maiden’s testimony runs from 2:09 through 2:15. Click here to read the testimony which was provided for the committee. A 2013 Program Status Map is available here. For more information about the Dirt and Gravel Roads Program, visit http://www.dirtandgravel.psu.edu/.
Pennsylvania House Republicans gathered yesterday and released their version of the 2013-14 state budget. This version of the budget includes full funding of the line items for Pennsylvania’s conservation districts at 2012-2013 levels.
“We are extremely appreciative of Chairman Adolph, Speaker Smith, and Majority Leader Turzai for their support and their leadership” said Robert Maiden, PACD Executive Director. “Districts work hard every day to conserve natural resources throughout this commonwealth. A win for the districts is a win for the environment and the economy. Thank you to the House Republican membership for believing in the work of the districts and investing in our future.”
The House Republican budget, filed as House Bill (HB) 1437, includes $2,856,000 through the state Department of Environmental Protection and $1,019,000 through the Department of Agriculture for the conservation districts’ efforts. These funding levels were part of the current year’s state general fund budget.
PACD, along with the state’s 66 conservation districts, has been advocating for months for full funding of these line items. The bill will now move on for consideration by the Appropriations Committee and the House. To view HB 1437, visit http://bit.ly/16pDg2v.