SWPA lawmaker’s bill would create new Pa. broadband authority, expand access | Monday Morning Coffee
With millions of Pa. residents working and learning from home 'all Pennsylvanians need affordable access to high-speed broadband internet,' Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Fayette, says.
Wolf renews push for RESTORE PA plan ahead of budget talks
During a stop at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday, Wolf called on lawmakers to pass his stalled, $4.5 billion infrastructure bill, arguing that the start of budget season and the state’s approaching rainy season is a perfect time to revive it.
Could a state cell phone tax power Pa.’s rural broadband expansion?
As a starting point, Grange president Wayne Campbell suggested that a $.75 to $1 surcharge per-month on every cell phone user could finance small, matching state grants for local broadband projects.
Gov. Wolf touted near-majority backing for his infrastructure plan in June. Environmental advocates are trying to chip away at that support
Restore PA bills in the House and Senate have lost two co-sponsors each.
Wolf’s natural gas-backed infrastructure plan enjoys majority support, new Franklin & Marshall poll finds
Gov. Tom Wolf's $4.5 billion infrastructure plan is controversial inside the Capitol building in Harrisburg.
Wolf pitches $4.5 billion infrastructure plan as way to expand broadband access in Pa.
It could cost as much as much as $715 million to bring high-speed broadband to every house in the state, according to Wolf’s office.
What Pa.’s green lawmakers and environmentalists think of this year’s budget
A trend of environmental issues seemingly playing second fiddle to other state priorities continued in the latest budget, according to environmental advocates.
Democrats plot legislative end run to pass Wolf’s infrastructure plan, while internal debate continues
Facing an uncooperative Republican-controlled Legislature, Gov. Tom Wolf and his legislative allies are looking to use a legislative shortcut to pass a marquee part of the Democrat’s second-term agenda — a $4.5 billion investment in state infrastructure, from roads to rural broadband and flood prevention. At a Democratic policy hearing Monday, Rep. Mike Sturla, of […]
Restore Pennsylvania, explained: Everything you need to know about Gov. Tom Wolf’s infrastructure plan
This week, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration unveiled the details of Restore Pennsylvania, an initiative to restore crumbling infrastructure, expand broadband access, and help communities fight blight.
Restore PA requires 20 years of natural gas production. Some progressive legislators aren’t ready to sign on
A handful of state House progressives are standing strong against Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature infrastructure plan, seeing in the $4.5 billion investment spree an over-reliance on the state’s natural gas industry at a time when Pennsylvania should be moving away from fossil fuels. The administration’s proposal, known as Restore PA, “locks us into the extraction […]
Wolf’s infrastructure plan makes legislative debut with near-majority support
Gov. Tom Wolf’s much-hyped plan to expand broadband internet, fight flooding, and invest in natural gas production, among other infrastructure investments, was released Wednesday — with nearly enough support to pass both chambers. According to a statement released by Wolf’s office, 99 House and 25 Senate lawmakers from both parties support the legislation. According to […]
Wolf makes closing pitch for infrastructure plan ahead of start of budget season
Gov. Tom Wolf closed out his tour of Pennsylvania’s flood-ravaged boroughs and rusted out mill towns in a place that’s neither flood-ravaged nor rusted out. Standing in the gilded state Capitol, where he was surrounded by local and state officeholders, the Democratic governor made his closing argument for his $4.5 billion in infrastructure plan, Restore […]