Senate Supports Eichelberger’s Call To Reduce Burden Of State Mandates
Last week, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed a resolution, sponsored by John Eichelberger (R-Blair), to establish a task force to study the impact of state mandates on taxpayers in Pennsylvania’s boroughs, townships, cities and counties. The task force would also be responsible for making recommendations on ways to reduce unfunded mandates and reduce the costs of local government.
The task force would be composed of experts familiar with the funding and operation of programs implemented by local government units, including elected officials, representatives from local government associations, academicians, program directors, finance officers and other administrators from both state and local government. By 2012, it will make findings with regard to the potential for cost savings that could be achieved through partial waivers or elimination of certain mandates, as well as make findings and recommendations with regard to alternative procedures that could be implemented.
“As a former county commissioner and now as chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee, I have long been concerned about the strain on local budgets that results from state laws and regulations,” said Eichelberger. “For the first time, there will be a comprehensive study of the specific impacts of state mandates on Pennsylvania’s municipalities. This is a necessary first step to providing local taxpayers relief from costly government directives.”