HARRISBURG, May 5, 2011 – – State Sen. John P. Blake today announced state funding totaling nearly $1 million for two projects in Luzerne County. The state grant money for the projects in Duryea and Dupont is derived from the “local share assessment” (LSA) account generated by the gaming industry.

“I am very pleased that our residents continue to see some of the positive impacts of the gaming industry in Pennsylvania,” Blake said. “In yet another difficult year for the economy, state funding is becoming incredibly scarce and without this money from gaming funds, the costs of important community development projects would fall solely onto our local communities and local taxpayers.”

Blake said that the two Luzerne County projects receiving LSA funding in his district include:

  • $500,000 for the resurfacing of 24 borough streets in Duryea Borough
  • $461,350 for the purchase of machinery and equipment for use in establishing the Pittston Area Regional Compost Facility in Dupont Borough.

The “local share assessment” (LSA) account was established by the Pennsylvania Horse Race and Gaming Development Act. The funds are generated by the commonwealth’s gaming facilities.
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