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Pa.’s airports land $49M in federal infrastructure funding, Wolf says | Friday Morning Coffee

The money will help for terminal improvements at 3 Pa. airports

July 8, 2022 7:06 am

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Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers.

With state lawmakers moving ahead with work on the delayed state budget on Thursday — a veritable bouillabaisse of numbers — now seemed as good a time as any to throw a few more at you.

A trio of Pennsylvania airports will share in $49 million in federal infrastructure law money to make improvements to their respective terminals, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said Thursday.

The money comes from, appropriately enough, a new program called the Airport Terminals Program, which made $5 billion in competitive grants available over five years to help gussy up the nation’s aging airport infrastructure, Wolf’s office said.

“Airports are a critical part of Pennsylvania’s transportation network,” Wolf said in a statement. “Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, these airports will have the means to make crucial terminal improvements, improving the travel experience for all.”

Below, a breakdown of how that money will be doled out.

Philadelphia International Airport (Philadelphia Tribune photo)

Philadelphia International Airport: Received $24 million to pay for an array of terminal improvements that include additional restrooms (gender-neutral and adult-assisted care); rooms for nursing mothers, and pet relief areas, the administration said. The funds also will pay for the installation of smart and touchless technology, the administration said.

Pittsburgh International Airport: Received $20 million to pay for the construction of a new, 700,000 square-foot terminal.

Lehigh Valley International Airport: Received $5 million to help finish an ongoing terminal connector project, according to Wolf’s office.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).
The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (Photo by Amanda Berg for the Capital-Star).

Our Stuff.
On Thursday, state Senate Republicans advanced a late-night constitutional amendment package on abortion and voter IDMarley Parish reports.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Thursday passed a roughly $45.2 billion budget plan that includes an $850 million increase for K-12 school districts and more money for mental health and environmental protection. Marley Parish and Peter Hall have the story.

Tax credits that help thousands pay for their health insurance are set to expire later this year unless Congress acts, advocates and lawmakers warned Thursday. Our summer intern, Jaxon White, has the details.

A Lehigh Valley lawmaker wants to increase funding for mental health programs statewide, but he said it’s difficult to say whether his proposal will be included in the delayed 2022-23 state budget, Jaxon White also reports.

The chair of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Thursday said she has requested that the CEOs of three gun manufacturing companies appear before Congress to testify at a hearing later this month on gun violence, Capital-Star Washington Reporter Ariana Figueroa writes.

En la Estrella-Capital: Grupos locales lanzan campaña para fomentar la equidad salarial en Pittsburgh. Y el Senado de Pa. prueba el proyecto de ley que restringe fuegos artificiales.

On our Commentary Page this morning: Does the end of Roe mean the end of the anti-abortion movement as we know it? Opinion regular Bruce Ledewitz offers his analysis. And the U.S. Supreme Court set a dangerous precedent on coercive Christian prayers in schoolBen Petok, of the Midwest Associate Board of the Anti-Defamation League, writes in an op-Ed first published by our sibling site, the Minnesota Reformer.

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Elsewhere.
Democrats want to talk abortion, but Republicans are keeping the focus on the economy this campaign season, the Inquirer reports.

The Post-Gazette updates on the latest on budget talks.

The Morning Call runs the numbers on how much state funding Lehigh Valley schools will receive under the budget plan that cleared the House on Thursday.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed 31 bills into law on ThursdayPennLive reports.

As they look to curb violence, Philadelphia city officials have imposed a 10 p.m. curfew on city teens aged 14-17, WHYY-FM reports.

COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise in Allegheny CountyWESA-FM reports.

Six congressional Republicans who sought pardons connected to the Jan. 6 insurrections, including U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, of Pennsylvania, collectively have raised $18 million so far this yearPoliticsPA reports.

Politico breaks down the ‘high-risk’ strategy embraced by some Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls in key battleground states this year.

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What Goes On
The House and Senate both come in at 9 a.m. today.

You Say It’s Your Birthday Dept
Best wishes go out to readers Dan DoubetSandy Huffman, and Richard Reilly, all of whom celebrate today. Congratulations, and enjoy the day.

Heavy Rotation
In Richard Reilly’s honor, we’ll go out with an early punk classic this week. From Television, it’s ‘Glory.’


Friday’s Gratuitous Baseball Link
The Baltimore Orioles beat the visiting Los Angeles Angels 4-1 at Camden Yards on Thursday night.

And now you’re up to date.

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.

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