FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2019
Pennsylvania Leaders Back Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania Infrastructure
Harrisburg, PA –
The leaders of communities in southcentral Pennsylvania are voicing their support
for Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania aggressive infrastructure investment
“The capacity to proactively invest in a
community’s infrastructure is foundational to its long-term
sustainability,” said Susquehanna Township Manager David Kratzer Jr. “Governor Wolf’s proposed Restore
Pennsylvania initiative will provide communities with the much-needed
financial resources to be able to do just that. As such Susquehanna
Township, Dauphin County is proud to support the initiative.”
Councils for Susquehanna Township,
the City of Harrisburg,
Steelton Borough and Millersburg Borough each issued a resolution calling for
support for Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan. The Dauphin and Lebanon County
Borough’s Association issued
its own resolution on behalf of its members.
Last month, Gov. Wolf visited Millersburg
to see the impact Restore Pennsylvania could have on assisting the
community with remediating blight.
“Millersburg Borough Council applauds
Governor Wolf’s efforts to assist local municipalities across Pennsylvania
with grant funding targeted at reinvigorating our communities,” said
Millersburg Borough Council President Christopher Dietz. “The steadfast
will and grit of our local leaders can move mountains, but without adequate
funding, even the best laid plans, including those to remediate blight in
our community, remain dormant. Restore Pennsylvania will provide
much-needed funding that will help our community create a brighter future.”
Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace said in a
letter to the Lancaster
PA Delegation and General Assembly that Restore Pennsylvania could provide
support to assist the city with modernizing its historic infrastructure,
including making updates to its stormwater and
sewer systems and abating lead in older buildings.
“Governor Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania
Initiative, which seeks to invest $4.5 billion in improvements to
Pennsylvania’s infrastructure would offer welcome
relief, especially as it relates to lead abatement in our aged housing
stock and stormwater mitigation,” Mayor Sorace wrote. “Therefore, I urge you to support the
Restore PA initiative. Let’s realize the full benefit of our natural gas
resources in support of Pennsylvanians.”
was joined in her support by Lancaster City Council,
which approved a resolution formally supporting Restore Pennsylvania.
Gov. Wolf visited Marietta
both in Lancaster County, to discuss how Restore Pennsylvania could assist
in other areas like blight removal and flood mitigation and recovery.
Marietta faced devastating flooding last year, while Columbia is struggling
to find funding to renovate or demolish blighted buildings.
“Pennsylvania is a historic state with
legacy infrastructure that has not kept up with the times. With Restore
Pennsylvania, we can preserve our history while upgrading our
infrastructure to meet today’s needs,” said Gov. Wolf. “Restore
Pennsylvania is designed to allow local officials to make decisions on using
the funds, allowing them to tailor projects to best meet the needs of the
communities they represent.”
Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan
to aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs. Funded
through a commonsense severance tax that the Independent Fiscal Office has
determined will be primarily paid for by out-of-state residents, Restore
Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in
the 21st century.
View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan.
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