Restore Pennsylvania is Governor Wolf’s plan to address critical infrastructure needs across Pennsylvania.
His vision for Pennsylvania includes vibrant towns and cities with new development, opportunities in rural and disadvantaged areas, and a modern, interconnected commonwealth.
Restore Pennsylvania is the governor’s bold plan to make this a reality and to position Pennsylvania as a leader in the 21st century.
Governor Wolf's Infrastructure Plan
Restore Pennsylvania is the most aggressive infrastructure plan in generations. If passed, this plan could help communities across Pennsylvania prevent flooding, eliminate blight, expand broadband, and address other critical infrastructure needs.
Introducing Restore Pennsylvania: a new infrastructure plan to protect, connect, and revitalize our communities.
🏗Prevent floods and fix damage
📶Install high speed internet pic.twitter.com/ZGr64APaFK
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) February 1, 2019
Storm Preparedness and Disaster Recovery
2018 was the wettest year on record for many communities throughout Pennsylvania.
Restore 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.
The plan will also establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist Pennsylvanians who suffer losses that are not compensated by the federal government.
Providing High-Speed Internet Access
Broadband 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.
Grants will be available to support the installation of infrastructure to bring high-speed internet to every corner of the commonwealth.
There are 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.
The funding will be administered by entities established by the legislature as land banks or demolition funds.
Contaminant Remediation and Brownfield Cleanup
Many communities still face issues with harmful contaminants, such as lead and Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS).
Also, abandoned industrial and commercial sites still wait for cleanup to unlock their potential as commercial, residential, or industrial sites.
Funding through Restore Pennsylvania will address contaminant remediation and help brownfield clean-up throughout the commonwealth.
Restore Pennsylvania 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
Restore 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.
Downstream Manufacturing, Business Development, and Energy Infrastructure
Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding for infrastructure that helps build manufacturing facilities and other downstream businesses for the natural gas produced in Pennsylvania while helping businesses and individuals use more of Pennsylvania’s natural gas in their homes, creating jobs, lowering costs, and improving energy efficiency.
Funding the Plan
Restore Pennsylvania would be funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax that the Independent Fiscal Office has determined will be primarily paid for by out-of-state residents.
The plan 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.
Rural and urban communities across the commonwealth are joining the support for Restore Pennsylvania. Tell your legislator to support the governor’s bold vision for Pennsylvania.