|Posted:||February 6, 2020 11:11 AM|
|From:||Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver and Rep. Matt Gabler|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||The Reduction MLF Funding for PA State Police|
|In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation that will accelerate the conservation of Motor License Fund (MLF) infrastructure monies that are currently being diverted to the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) as an offset of General Fund obligations. Currently, the PSP receives almost $800 million per year to from the MLF for patrolling our highways. However, a 2017 report from the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee concluded the appropriate and justifiable level of Motor License Fund support for the State Police should be $532.8 million.
In addition, Act 85 of 2016 capped the Motor License Fund support for the State Police at $801.7 Million, which was the amount allocated to State Police in Fiscal Year 2016-2017. Act 85 required a 4% reduction in the MLF diversion Fiscal Year 2018-2019 and each subsequent year until the total reaches $500 Million from the MLF or 60% of the total amount appropriated for the same purposes in Fiscal Year 2016-2017.
This legislation would increase the current step down by reducing the amount of diversion from the MLF by 8% for each Fiscal Year until the total reaches $500 Million from the MLF or 60% of the total amount appropriated for the same purposes in Fiscal Year 2016-2017 (as contained in Act 85).
This legislation is a key recommendation contained in the House Transportation Task Force’s package of bills that is designed to provide innovative ways for the Commonwealth to fund transportation, while also ensuring the current funding sources to transportation are as effective as possible.
We invite you to join us in sponsoring this important piece of transportation-related legislation.
Introduced as HB2061