York City Council Urges the General Assembly to Support Gov. Wolf’s Aggressive Infrastructure Plan, Restore Pennsylvania

April 22, 2019

Harrisburg, PA – Leaders of the City of York have publicly urged the General Assembly to support Restore Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf’s aggressive infrastructure investment plan.

“Pennsylvania must position its communities for success and position itself as a leader in the 21st century by investing in critical infrastructure needs that for too long have been neglected,” York City officials declared in a resolution. “Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about local needs, and projects will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high-priority, high-impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.”

Restore Pennsylvania will inject $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant, high-impact projects selected by local officials who are best situated to determine need. In the City of York, potential projects include flood prevention and recovery, blight remediation, green space development, broadband access expansion, and brownfield redevelopment.

“There is excitement and momentum building in York,” said York City Council President Henry Nixon. “With Restore Pennsylvania, we can amplify the success we’re seeing and make our vision of a strong, vibrant York a reality for all residents.”

“I’m grateful that the City of York has recognized the positive impact Restore Pennsylvania will have on the already strong revitalization efforts,” said Gov. Wolf. “I have yet to visit a community in Pennsylvania that can’t be assisted by Restore Pennsylvania. It’s essential that we pass this initiative quickly, so we can start helping communities.”

In March Gov. Wolf visited York to discuss how Restore Pennsylvania can assist with remediating blighted buildings. York County has an estimated 500 to 700 blighted properties, and the municipalities where these properties are located are not able to fund the demolitions themselves.

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Acting Director Randy Padfield visited nearby Hellam Township to talk about how Restore Pennsylvania can assist the survivors of disasters, like floods, with getting back on their feet. Currently, few programs offer financial support to victims of disasters and federal assistance has a damage threshold that is difficult for small communities to meet.

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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