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
Progressives call on lawmakers to 'tax the rich'

Progressives call on lawmakers to 'tax the rich'

On Tuesday, a small but vocal group of liberal activists gathered on the steps of the Capitol to advocate for an idea that they believe will improve Pennsylvania’s economic standing — they want to tax the rich.

 

As part of a nationwide “Tax The Rich” bus tour, progressive groups Tax March and MAYDAY America brought their traveling tour to Harrisburg, where they stumped for policies that would raise revenue by increasing taxes on Pennsylvania’s wealthiest citizens and corporations.

Wednesday, July 10, 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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