Harrisburg – The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Infrastructure, Environment, & Government Operations, chaired by Senator Bob Mensch (R-24), held a public hearing to discuss Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed municipal fee for State Police coverage.
Part of the Governor’s proposed state budget includes a plan to impose a $25 per-capita fee on municipalities without their own police force.
The hearing featured testimony from the following individuals:
- Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Bucar
Pennsylvania State Police
- Elam Herr, Assistant Executive Director
Government Affairs, PA State Association of Township Supervisors
- Amy Sturges, Director of Government Affairs
PA Municipal League & PA State Association of Township Commissioners
- Edward Troxell, Director of Government Affairs
PA State Association of Boroughs
Following the testimony and questions offered by the Members, Senator Mensch stated that a comprehensive solution is needed for future State Police funding.
“The Governor’s $25 municipal fee proposal does not provide a long term solution to the funding issue we are facing with our State Police,” said Mensch. “This is an intricate issue and the proposal is only a stop-gap measure that doesn’t account for all of the different complexities that we have to face. Following this hearing, we will work together to come up with a more comprehensive approach that addresses the issue and benefits the citizens of Pennsylvania.”
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