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The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: What’s in it for Pa.? | Thursday Morning Coffee

The 2,702-page infrastructure package is expected to spend $1.2 trillion on the nation’s infrastructure needs.

August 5, 2021 6:30 am

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Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers.

For Pennsylvania, a commonwealth plagued by infrastructure needs and short on funds, a new Senate infrastructure bill unveiled this week, aims to provide some relief.

On Wednesday, the White House made fact sheets, detailing the potential nationwide impact of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, available for all 50 states.

The 2,702-page infrastructure package is expected to spend $1.2 trillion on the nation’s infrastructure needs, including $110 billion for roads and bridges, $39 billion for public transit, $66 billion for rail and $55 billion for water and wastewater infrastructure, according to the Associated Press. 

You may be asking yourself, “What’s in it for Pennsylvania?”

The answer: quite a bit.

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Highways, potholes, and bridges, oh my! 

In the first few lines, the fact sheet acknowledges Pennsylvania’s infrastructure woes, including a mention of the commonwealth’s C- score on the American Society of Civil Engineers  infrastructure report card.

“For decades, infrastructure in Pennsylvania has suffered from a systemic lack of investment,” the fact sheet reads.

Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Pennsylvania would receive $11.3 billion for highway construction programs and $1.6 billion for badly needed bridge repairs and replacements.

In addition to more than $12 billion in road and bridge repair funding, Pennsylvania would receive $2.8 billion over a five-year period to improve public transportation options statewide.

Plugged In

Pennsylvania’s EV drivers know that the Keystone State has plenty of room to improve upon its existing EV infrastructure. (More, please!)

Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Pennsylvania would receive $171 million over five years to expand its EV charging network.

Included in the infrastructure bill is another way for Pennsylvanians to “plug in” … broadband.

The bill allocates $100 million in funding for Pennsylvania to expand broadband coverage statewide, according to the fact sheet.

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Elsewhere

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was released from a Centre County Correctional Facility on Wednesday, the Centre Daily Times reports. 

From WHYY-FM: ‘A war against ourselves’: Why Pa. and N.J. are preparing now for a delta variant surge

Pittsburgh district, teachers clashed over school start, end times in contract talks. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has the story.

From the York Daily Record via the Lebanon Daily News: Looking for a place to rent? Here’s where it’s the most challenging in PA to find a place

Bitcoin mining facilities are popping up at power plants near the Lehigh Valley, The Morning Call reports.

Former state Senator and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner has endorsed Jeff Bartos for U.S. Senate, according to PoliticsPA. 

Here’s your #Pennsylvania Instagram of the day:

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What Goes On

Department of Human Services acting Secretary Meg Snead, Department of Health acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson, legislative representatives from the Women’s Health Caucus, and leadership from the Maternity Care Coalition and the Pennsylvania Health Access Network will announce plans to expand access to life-saving health care for postpartum mothers at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Capitol’s Fountain Plaza.

WolfWatch
Gov. Wolf will join local business and government leaders at 10:15 a.m. at Café Rinaldi in Old Forge, Pa. to discuss the nearly $2.5 million in COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program funding going to Lackawanna County businesses.

Heavy Rotation

On this day in 1974, Joan Jett and Sandy West form all-female rock band The Runaways. To commemorate the occasion, here’s “I love playin’ with fire.”

What We’re Reading
The Penn Capital-Star Readers book club on Goodreads is currently reading “Women and Other Monsters” by Jess Zimmerman. To join in on our next read or recommend a book, visit our Goodreads page. 

And now you’re up to date. 

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared. Follow her on Twitter: @Wordsby_CassieM.

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