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Jersey Shore, PA 17740
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Hon. Garth Everett
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Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
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Everett Votes For Reduction of Debt in State Government
10/17/2013
HARRISBURG – Legislation contained in House Bill 493, passed by the House Wednesday, reforms the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) by lowering the debt ceiling by $600 million, and mandating the administration to create a transparent review process for projects via the Internet and holding a 30-day comment period, said Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming).



“There is a strong effort being made to reform the debt load in state government, and this bill is a part of an overall effort to improve the financial climate for our residents and for generations to come,” said Everett. “The RACP program has aided in development of projects in the Commonwealth, but the explosion in debt to finance these projects has climbed too high. This is a necessary step to open up the process of project approval, lower the debt load and open the doors to allow our residents to look at what projects are being considered.”

Everett said House Bill 493 will lower the debt ceiling by $600 million. The debt ceiling has tripled in the 13 years that the program has been in existence. The reduction attempts to make the RACP budget better reflect the current economic climate, and look toward the future.

Everett added a new oversight and review operation must be put into place to determine what projects are worthy of investment. The capital project plans, with this legislation, have to include a specific description of the project, including what municipality it will be located in, the cost of the overall project and a the funding source of the municipality’s repayment of the funds.

“This legislation can also prevent an administration from plowing through projects near the end of its term due to an open and transparent process,” said Everett. “The public will have a much better look at what should be funded and projects that are simply proposed without authorization can fall by the wayside.”

Both the House and Senate approved the legislation and it now goes to Gov. Tom Corbett for his signature.

Representative Garth D. Everett
84th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Raymond Smith
717.705.1834
rsmith@pahousegop.com  
RepEverett.com
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