Wolf calls for investments in rural broadband internet

Wolf calls for investments in rural broadband internet

Surrounded by local government officials, educators and business owners, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday called on legislators to rally behind funding to expand broadband access in rural areas as part of his Restore Pennsylvania initiative.

 

The plan — which proposes funding $4.5 billion worth of capital projects through a severance tax on natural gas — would create the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Program, which would provide financial assistance to businesses, nonprofits, local governments and rural electric cooperatives to develop the infrastructure necessary to provide high-speed internet in low-access areas. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Climate activists pressure lawmakers on severance tax support

Climate activists pressure lawmakers on severance tax support

Does support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s $4.5 billion severance tax-funded infrastructure plan equate to support for natural gas production? Some climate activists believe it does and are pressuring state lawmakers to rescind their support for Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania initiative.

 

Activists from the Better Path Coalition — a network of approximately 30 environmentally-focused organizations — have been targeting co-sponsors of Wolf’s plan on social media in an effort to get them to remove their name from the legislation.

Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Restore PA through video gaming terminals, state store cannabis and drinking water carcinogens

Did You Get The Memo? Restore PA through video gaming terminals, state store cannabis and drinking water carcinogens

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week — so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would generate revenue for Gov. Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan through video gaming terminals, legalize cannabis for sale at state stores and impose a cap on carcinogens in drinking water.

Friday, June 14, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Democrats considering discharge resolution to move ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ bill past committee

Democrats considering discharge resolution to move ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ bill past committee

Just days after lawmakers unveiled legislation mirroring Gov. Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure plan, House Democrats are eyeing a workaround that could push the bill onto the House floor without a committee vote.

 

Following an informational hearing Monday on the Restore Pennsylvania legislation, House Democrats suggested they may file a discharge resolution on the floor that would allow the legislation to bypass the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Destroy PA? Turzai rebukes Wolf’s severance tax plan

Destroy PA? Turzai rebukes Wolf’s severance tax plan

The long-awaited bill for Gov. Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure plan is finally here, and based on the number of co-sponsors alone, the Democratic governor is just a few votes shy of majority support for his plan to fund capital projects through a severance tax on natural gas. 

 

Despite almost having enough support to get the bill to his desk, members of Republican leadership remain staunchly opposed to the idea, with the Speaker of the House labeling the $4.5 billion proposal as an “irresponsible” job-killer. 

Thursday, June 6, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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