Growing Greener I
On December 15, 1999, Governor Tom Ridge signed Act 68 of 1999 into law after the bill was passed nearly unanimously in the Senate (a 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 (known as the Growing Greener initiative) and established the Environmental Stewardship Fund (ESF).
A Dedicated Funding Source
In 2002, Governor Schweiker and the General Assembly passed legislation creating a dedicated source of revenue for the ESF by authorizing an increase in the tipping fee (the fee for dumping trash in landfills). See Governor Schwieker’s press release.
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 known as Growing Greener II. In the 2005 primary election, 60% of voters approved the bond and Growing Greener II was established with the signing of Act 45.
See History for more details.