Pennsylvania State Archives
Records of the GENERAL STATE AUTHORITY
The General State Authority, a separate independent public corporation and governmental body, was created in 1935 to enable the Commonwealth to circumvent constitutional restrictions on its borrowing capacity. Since the state could not legally take advantage of federal grant and loan offers from the Public Works Administration, the Authority was given the responsibility of negotiating for the funds needed to expand and modernize state facilities. The objective of the Authority was to build new units and remodel old ones, and then lease them to the state until the end of their amortization period, at which time they would be turned over to the Commonwealth. The General State Authority was abolished in 1945, but the need for additional state facilities led to the creation of another General State Authority in 1949. Though the Department of General Services was created in 1975 to replace the General State Authority and the Department of Property and Supplies, the Authority will continue to function until the outstanding debts from earlier projects are satisfied.
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