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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: May 17, 2017 10:03 AM
From: Senator David G. Argall and Sen. Randy Vulakovich
To: All Senate members
Subject: Allowing state to sell naming rights to rehabilitate existing state-owned office space
A recently released report we requested from the Joint State Government Commission highlighted the many needs and reforms to better use under-utilized and unutilized state-owned office space throughout the Commonwealth.

Several of the recommendations will be part of a forthcoming bill to streamline the way the state procures and leases space. The report also stated in its recommendations that the state should consider “exploration of ways to refurbish state-owned space; such as through the creation of a repayable fund for renovations to state buildings.”

Many office spaces throughout Harrisburg are empty due to the high cost it would take to clean up and refurbish those spaces. We would like to address this urgent and costly need in order to save tax dollars.

In the near future, we will introduce legislation that would allow the Department of General Services to sell the naming rights of most state-owned facilities. The revenue generated would be deposited into a restricted account that will fund the rehabilitation of state-owned facilities.

The legislation would require the department to provide an annual report to the Senate and House State Government Committees detailing how the funding was utilized.

This will allow the state to rely less on office leases in areas where office space is already owned. Most importantly, it will save tax dollars by moving employees from leased space into space already owned by the state (and taxpayer).

Introduced as SB759