HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella today announced that he is reducing the size of Treasury's automobile fleet from 21 vehicles to 10. He will not use a dedicated state car and will end the practice of assigning state cars to individual Treasury staff.
"As Treasurer I will closely scrutinize every expense that comes across my desk to ensure that it is used responsibly, and that begins with my own department," said Treasurer Torsella. "This policy will ensure that Treasury's vehicles will only be used to serve the taxpayers who are paying for them. This new policy is just one way that I will honor the commitment that I made at my swearing-in to remember that every dollar the Commonwealth spends comes from the hard work of a Pennsylvania taxpayer."
Treasurer Torsella has declined the use of a dedicated state vehicle and will continue to use his personal vehicle. He will not seek reimbursement for mileage.
In addition, under the new policy no vehicles will be assigned to employees on a permanent basis. Instead, a limited number of pooled vehicles will be signed-out as needed for official business and the mileage recorded. Treasury will return the extra eleven vehicles back to the Commonwealth's Department of General Services.
The new policy is effective immediately.
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The Pennsylvania Treasury is an independent department of state government led by the state treasurer, who is elected every four years. The department's primary duty is to safeguard and manage the state's public funds. It invests state money to generate income on behalf of the citizens of Pennsylvania, reviews and processes payments for state government agencies, and serves as custodian of more than $100 billion in state funds. Key Treasury programs include Unclaimed Property, PA 529 College Savings Program and the Board of Finance and Revenue.
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