More than seven of 10 Pennsylvanians support the $800 million bond proposed by Gov. Ed Rendell to support Growing Greener environmental programs, according to a new poll.
The bond, which must be placed on the November ballot by the General Assembly and approved by voters, has faced opposition from business groups who say it will increase the cost of doing business in the state.
The survey showed 71 percent supported the bond, and that it had strong bipartisan backing in every region of the state. Support remained at 66 percent even when people were told the proposal could increase their household bills by $20 a year.
Rendell proposed the bond as a centerpiece of his budget. The money would be spent over four years for programs such as farmland preservation, river cleanups, wastewater treatment plant upgrades, community revitalization and park improvements. The bond would be repaid through a combination of increased fees on trash going to landfills and increased fees on industrial waste and toxic discharges.
The survey, completed for a coalition of groups supporting the bond, showed nearly 80 percent supported the proposed 15 cent per pound fee on toxic pollution. And nearly 70 percent supported raising fees on industrial waste. “The governor’s plan is truly farsighted, and the citizens recognize that,” said John Hanger, president of the environmental group PennFuture. “We look forward to the legislators stopping the obstructionist behavior, and voting for the budget, as the citizens so clearly wish.”