Job creation and economic progress require strong communities, and nobody recognizes that more than Governor Corbett. The governor’s budget continues to support funding increases in previous years to support communities and local governments.
Since Gov. Corbett took office, the Act 47 revolving fund has been replenished, and we are now budgeting annually based on need rather than expending more out of the fund than we were putting in. Two years ago, the Early Intervention Program received a $1.1 million boost, and the program is proposed to be funded at that same level today.
To encourage public-private collaboration in our communities, Gov. Corbett increased the Neighborhood Assistance Program from $8 million in 2010-11 to $18 million in 2011-12, and the budget proposal calls for it to remain at $18 million in 2014-15. We continue to help communities build and plan for the future through the Keystone Communities and Municipal Assistance programs.
The Governor’s Center for Local Government Services (Center) now has its own dedicated line item to support local government services administration costs. Under the governor’s leadership, the Center has gone from reactive to proactive in an effort to better fulfill its mission as the principal advocate for local governments.
Over the past few years, the Center has made significant technological upgrades and other important changes to become even more efficient in providing its valuable programs and services, including the successful implementation of Act 32, the successful transfer of the State Tax Equalization Board, online filing capabilities for local government reporting and a renewed and upgraded training partnership with local governments.
As we move forward, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will continue to support Gov. Corbett’s efforts to build a stronger Pennsylvania.