Senator Mensch Chairs Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Infrastructure, Environment, & Government Operations Hearing on State Police Coverage Fee

 

Senator Mensch

 

Full Hearing

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.”  

CONTACT: Sarah Rasmussen srasmussen@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388