FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2019
Wolf Releases Seven Detailed White Papers on Restore Pennsylvania
– With nearly a majority of the General Assembly supporting Restore Pennsylvania, Governor Tom
Wolf released detailed summaries of the plan to address critical
infrastructure needs across Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania is the most aggressive infrastructure plan in generations,”
said Governor Wolf. “This is a rare opportunity to make lasting
improvements and tackle investiture problems from our big cities to rural
communities. We can finally address blight in our communities, better
protect homes and businesses from floodwaters, bring
high-speed internet to rural communities and position people and businesses
as leaders in the 21st century.”
Pennsylvania was introduced in the General Assembly this week with strong
bipartisan support. House Bill 1585, sponsored by Rep. Jake Wheatley and
Rep. Thomas Murt, has 99 cosponsors and Senate Bill 725, sponsored by Sen.
John Yudichak and Sen. Tom Killion has 25 cosponsors. More than 60 stakeholders and
municipal leaders are also endorsing the proposal.
accompany the legislation, the governor released a series of white papers
detailing the investments Restore Pennsylvania would make, helping local
communities prevent flooding, eliminate blight, expand broadband, and
address other critical infrastructure needs.
Storm Preparedness and Disaster
Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for
flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace
high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance.
Providing High-Speed Internet
is essential to education, quality of life, and the economy. Lack of
high-speed internet puts hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians at a
disadvantage. Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to completely
bridge the digital divide in every community in Pennsylvania, making
Pennsylvania a better place to work, do business, and live.
an estimated 300,000 blighted structures in rural and urban communities
throughout Pennsylvania. Restore Pennsylvania will increase resources for
addressing blight by providing financial resources at the local level to
establish land banks and acquire and demolish blighted buildings in order
to create new development opportunities or provide new green space.
Contaminant Remediation and
communities face issues with harmful contaminants, such as lead and Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl
Substances (PFAS). Abandoned industrial and commercial sites are also still
waiting for cleanup to unlock their potential as commercial, residential,
or industrial sites. Restore Pennsylvania will address contaminant
remediation and help brownfield clean-up throughout the commonwealth.
will provide significant new funding to enable new environmental projects
and new recreational opportunities across the state, including
infrastructure and maintenance in state parks, creation, and revitalization
of new local parks, funding best management practices to improve local
water quality, and funding for new hiking, biking, and ATV trail projects.
Transportation Capital Projects
Pennsylvania will provide funding for local road and bridge upgrades, create new flexible funding options for
businesses that need local infrastructure upgrades to enable development
projects and multimodal and large-scale capital projects for transit.
Pennsylvania will provide funding for infrastructure that helps build
manufacturing facilities and other downstream businesses for the natural
gas produced in Pennsylvania.
Business Development, and Energy
Pennsylvania will help businesses and individuals use more of
Pennsylvania’s natural gas in their homes, creating jobs, lowering costs,
and improving energy efficiency.
Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in
significant, high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help
catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of
technology, development, and infrastructure. The plan is funded through the
monetization of a commonsense severance tax. The existing impact fee will
remain in place.
projects would be identified by local stakeholders and evaluated through a
competitive process to ensure that high-priority, high-impact projects are
funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.