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WTAE Editorial: State should consider selling lieutenant governor’s residence

THIS IS A WTAE EDITORIAL. SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE EDITORIAL BOARD IS CHARLES W. WOLFERTZ, PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF WTAE. CHARLES: THE PENNSYLVANIA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR HAS AN OFFICIAL RESIDENCE IN FORT INDIANTOWN GAP. BUT JOHN FETTERMAN, WHO WAS ELECTED TO THAT OFFICE LAST YEAR, CHOSE NOT TO LIVE THERE. THAT DECISION HAS BROUGHT UP NEW QUESTIONS SURROUNDING THE HOME AND WHETHER OR NOT IT SHOULD BE SOLD. JUST RECENTLY, FETTERMAN’S OFFICE ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WILL OPEN UP THE POOL AT THE HOUSE TO THE PUBLIC. ACCORDING TO THEM, IT’S A WAY TO HELP MORE PENNSYLVANIANS BENEFIT FROM THE STATE-OWNED PROPERTY. NOW, ANY NONPROFIT, SUMMER CAMP, OR ORGANIZATION CAN REQUEST TO USE THE POOL. LAST MONTH, PENNSYLVANIA SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEM JOE SCARNATI INTRODUCED A BILL REQUIRING THE HOME BE SOLD. ACCORDING TO THE MEMO INTRODUCING THE BILL, AT FULL CAPACITY, THE COST OF MAINTAINING THE HOME IS ESTIMATED AT $400,000 A YEAR. WHILE WE APPLAUD THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR FOR OPENING THE POOL AND ATTEMPTING TO MAKE THE FACILITY A BENEFIT TO THE PUBLIC, WE BELIEVE IT’S TIME FOR THE STATE TO SERIOUSLY CONSIDER SELLING THE HOME AND TAKING IT OFF THE LEDGER FOR PENNSYLVANIA TAXPAYERS IN THE COMING YEARS. ANNOUNCER: WTAE WELCOMES RESPONSIBLE REPLIES TO THIS EDITORIAL.

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