Statewide Local Government Leaders Join Governor Wolf to Rally for Restore Pennsylvania
May 15, 2019
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman today were joined by state, county, and local government leaders from across the commonwealth to rally for Restore Pennsylvania. Leaders called on the legislature to support the aggressive infrastructure plan, citing the need for resources to expand broadband access to every Pennsylvanian, combat blight, prevent flooding, expand green infrastructure, and provide opportunities to build a modern, interconnected commonwealth.
Learn more about what critical infrastructure could be fixed in your community with Restore Pennsylvania at governor.pa.gov/restore-pennsylvania.
“For the past four months I’ve been traveling across Pennsylvania speaking directly to the community leaders, business owners, and residents who desperately need Restore Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Wolf. “Today, I’m proud to stand with many of those individuals to rally in support of the only infrastructure plan that can make our commonwealth a leader in the 21st century. I am calling upon the legislature to do what’s right for the people of Pennsylvania by investing in them, and in our shared future, by supporting Restore Pennsylvania.”
More than 70 local leaders, including representatives of townships, boroughs, cities, counties, sewer and water authorities, emergency management agencies, code enforcement offices and municipal organizations stood behind Gov. Wolf has he called upon the General Assembly to support Restore Pennsylvania.
“Through my experience as mayor of a small town, I know firsthand what Restore Pennsylvania can do for towns all across the Commonwealth,” said Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. “These are the sorts of projects that people in Braddock and beyond want to see completed on a local level, because they’re projects that will have a tangible and meaningful impact on their lives, every day.”
Gov. Wolf developed Restore Pennsylvania after taking note of infrastructure issues plaguing communities of all types and sizes across the commonwealth. The five infrastructure areas targeted by Restore Pennsylvania are unfunded or underfunded by current budgeting mechanisms and include high speed internet access, storm preparedness and disaster recovery, downstream manufacturing, business development, and energy infrastructure, demolition, revitalization, and renewal, and transportation capital projects.
Driven by local input about community needs, Restore Pennsylvania will assist communities with upgrading infrastructure, improving business climates, and increasing livability. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high priority, high impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met. 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.