April 18, 2019
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Gov. Tom Wolf (D) proposed a four-year $4.5 billion infrastructure spending plan for Pennsylvania on Jan. 31 that includes funding for local road upgrades, new “flexible funding” options for businesses that need local infrastructure upgrades, plus monies for multimodal and large-scale transit capital projects – all paid for by a new “severance tax” on natural gas production.

[Above photo via the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office.]

Meantime, the state approved 50 highway, bridge, transit, aviation, and bike and pedestrian projects in 23 counties to share a total of $44.5 million in funding through its Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Gov. Wolf said his new infrastructure initiative – entitled Restore Pennsylvania – will focus on five areas: providing more high-speed internet access statewide; improving storm preparedness and disaster recovery programs; supporting infrastructure needs for manufacturing, business development, and the energy sector; addressing residential and commercial property “blight” and brownfield clean-up needs; plus, funding an array of transportation projects.

Photo via the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office

He added that the “severance tax” funding this plan will be tied to natural gas profitability; as producer profitability increases due to rising natural gas prices, the severance tax rate will increase as well.

“It is time to make sure Pennsylvania is a leader in the 21st century,” Gov. Wolf (at left in above photo) said in a statement. “We need to position all of our communities for success.”

He emphasized that “transportation is critical to connecting communities and economies, and we are an important partner in bringing progress across the state,” which is the reason behind the recent $44.5 million in multimodal funding grants the state made on Feb. 1.

“Whether we’re making roadways more accessible to all means of travel or creating new connections for businesses investing in our communities, transportation is integral to our quality of life,” Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards added in a statement. “These projects will bring long-lasting improvements across the state.”

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