PennFuture Blog

Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs

Pennsylvania’s House Environmental Committee Approves Bill Removing DEP’s Authority to Enact Carbon Reduction Program

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
PennFuture is adamantly opposed to HB 2025 and frustrated with the legislators who voted to advance the bill to the full House floor for consideration. Read more

Pennsylvania General Assembly Punts on State Budget, Passes Stopgap Measure with Level Funding for Environmental and Conservation Priorities

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
The Pennsylvania General Assembly has passed a five-month stopgap budget package to fund most of the state government through November 2020. Here is our analysis of what's in this short-term budget. Read more

Pennsylvania Legislators Send Deregulatory Bill to Wolf’s Desk

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
SB 327 seeks to undermine the regulatory authority of our agencies—environmental and other—that are tasked with safeguarding Pennsylvanians’ public health. Read more

PA House Leaders Push Bills to Thwart Environmental Protections, Attack Conservation Funding

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
Anti-environmental legislators in the Pennsylvania General Assembly are using the COVID-19 public health crisis as a cover to move bills to block any proposed or final environmental regulations and to attack dedicated environmental and conservation funds. Read more

The Dangers of Senate Bill 790

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
This bill aims to revive the conventional gas drilling industry, but at the expense of undoing years of regulations. Read more

Pennsylvania State Budget Turns Blind Eye to Environment

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
PennFuture's Director of Policy recaps the recently-passed state budget and how it impacts the environment. Read more

Final Farm Bill Signed into Law Marks Big Win for Conservation

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
PennFuture's Policy Director explains how the bill will impact people across the state. Read more

Legislative Session Closes with Significant Environmental Fight

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
An update from PennFuture's Director of Policy Ezra P. Thrush. Read more

State Budget Headed in the Right Direction for Environment

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
For the first time in years, environmental agencies will not see budget cuts. Read more

Protect Your Forests: 2018 Farm Bill Update

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
Fighting for an equitable Farm Bill and what's to come. Read more

A New Role as Policy Director

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
The latest blog from Ezra P. Thrush, who recently was named PennFuture's new Director of Policy. He previously served as the organization's Campaign Manager for Watershed Advocacy. Read more

Public Engagement is Key to Pennsylvania’s Clean Water Goals

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
A look at PennFuture's work in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Read more

2018 Work is Key to Reaching State's Clean Water Goals

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
A look at PennFuture's current work in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Read more

Chesapeake Bay Efforts Headed in Right Direction for 2018

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
A look at our recent work in cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. Read more

Farmers & Clean Water Need State Lawmaker Leadership on Funding Priorities

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
PennFuture visits Ag Progress Days this week, with new reports from Ezra Thrush. Read more

We Are All the Watershed: Ag Progress Days in Happy Valley

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
PennFuture's Campaign Manager for Watershed Advocacy reports from Ag Progress Days. Read more

Water is Life: Celebrating Chesapeake Bay Week

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
A time to reflect on current challenges and a way forward. Read more