(HARRISBURG) – Today Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) has circulated a Senate co-sponsorship memo for legislation to require the sale of the Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor’s residence.
Scarnati explained that the Lieutenant Governor’s residence is a three story, 2,400 square foot house located at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County. The house is under the control of the Department of General Services (DGS), who estimates that the residence costs taxpayers upwards of $400,000 annually.
“As public servants, it is our duty to continually look for ways that government can operate more effectively and efficiently,” Scarnati said. “Given that Pennsylvania’s current Lieutenant Governor does not even reside at the Lieutenant Governor’s residence, now is the perfect time to sell this state property.”
Scarnati noted that across the country, Pennsylvania is the only state that provides a residence to its Lieutenant Governor.
“While the residence has been an asset to the Commonwealth since 1971, it is clear that with little to no official state business taking place at the residence in Fort Indiantown Gap, these taxpayer funds can be put to better use. I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this important measure,” Scarnati concluded.
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