Growing Greener I
On December 15, 1999, Governor Tom Ridge signed HB868 into law. Act 68 of 1999 was passed nearly unanimously in the Senate with 49-1 vote and unanimously in the House. The bill solidified the Ridge Administration’s plan to invest nearly $650 million in Pennsylvania’s environment.
Dedicated Funding Source—Environmental Stewardship Fund
In 2002, Governor Schweiker and the General Assembly created a dedicated source of funding for Growing Greener through the budget process by authorizing an increase in the tipping fee (the fee for dumping trash in landfills). The revenue generated by the increase was placed into the Environmental Stewardship Fund.
Growing Greener II
Governor Ed Rendell and the General Assembly, recognizing the need to accelerate accomplishments being funded by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, agreed to place a $625 million bond referendum question to the voters. In the 2005 primary election, 60% of voters approved the bond and Growing Greener II was established.
See History for more details.