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Governor Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Can Address Vital Infrastructure Needs in Carnegie Borough

Governor Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Can Address Vital Infrastructure Needs in Carnegie Borough

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Carnegie, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf toured the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall to see the unfinished Library Park project, its completion stymied by mudslide damage. Following the tour, he outlined the components of the most aggressive infrastructure plan in generations, Restore Pennsylvania.“Heavy rains throughout 2018 demonstrated vividly and tragically that our flood mitigation planning and infrastructure have not kept up, leaving communities and individuals throughout the state with massive cleanup costs, and few options to turn to for assistance,” Gov. Wolf said.“The library and music hall should not have had to use money slated for a green space to repair mudslide damage. But they did what they had to do to make the area safe and secure for residents and visitors.”The governor’s plan will help communities like Carnegie mitigate the effects of flooding and extreme weather, address blight, and expand broadband access and green infrastructure, restoring communities that simply do not have the funding for these projects.To achieve these goals, Governor Wolf announced an ambitious infrastructure initiative, Restore Pennsylvania, funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax. Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five priority infrastructure areas including high speed internet access, storm preparedness and disaster recovery, downstream manufacturing, business development, and energy infrastructure, demolition, revitalization, and renewal, and transportation capital projects, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about community needs. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high priority, high impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.The governor was joined on the tour and press conference by Senator Wayne Fontana and Representative Anita Kulik.“This region is no stranger to natural disasters and infrastructure problems,” Sen. Fontana said. “And as the impact of climate change unleashes more weather emergencies more often, we need to do all we can to prevent or minimize flooding, landslides, lead poisoning and so many other tragedies. We cannot continue putting band-aids on gaping wounds and continue kicking the can down the road when it comes to our aging infrastructure.”“All the municipalities that make up the 45th District have in some way or another been affected by the heavy rains and flooding that continue to hit our Commonwealth,” Rep. Kulik said. “Homes, businesses, municipal properties have all been destroyed at great cost to our constituents. We are very happy to welcome the Governor to Carnegie to hear about the his Restore PA plan — it it helps open the conversation about how to help our citizens.”Flooding Prevention and RecoveryRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding for flood prevention that will protect against severe weather and save homes and businesses in flood prone areas across the state. Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance. Restore Pennsylvania will also establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.BlightRestore Pennsylvania will increase resources for addressing blight by providing financial resources at the local level to establish land banks and acquire and demolish blighted buildings in order to create new development opportunities or provide new green space. The funding will be administered by entities established by the legislature as land banks or demolition funds.BroadbandRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding to completely bridge the digital divide in every community in Pennsylvania, making Pennsylvania a better place to work, do business, and live. Grants will be available to support installation of infrastructure to bring high speed internet to every corner of the commonwealth. Funding will support every phase of the process from feasibility testing to connection.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan here. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 06, 2019center_img Governor Wolf: Restore Pennsylvania Can Address Vital Infrastructure Needs in Carnegie Boroughlast_img read more

Women’s hockey: No.1 Wisconsin to end fall campaign against St. Cloud

Women’s hockey: No.1 Wisconsin to end fall campaign against St. Cloud

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team will close out their 2017 fall campaign in St. Cloud, Minnesota.The Badgers have been on a roll this fall, winning nineteen of the twenty games they have played. Starting out in the No. 2 spot at the beginning of the season, fighting their way to the No. 1 spot within a few weeks.Wisconsin has been flourishing with each week that goes by, gaining more and more confidence with each week that progressed. Now, it is their turn to end their season on a high note, and that comes with beating St. Cloud.The Huskies have been struggling this season, with a running record of 3-12-2 entering this weekend. With their only wins coming early in the season, St. Cloud has not managed to create any sort of momentum within the past few weeks of play.With major losses to Ohio State, Minnesota, and Minnesota-Duluth earlier on this season, St. Cloud is in a slump. It is unlikely that they would be able to come out of this slump this weekend, but that doesn’t mean they won’t put up a fight.The Badgers head out to St. Cloud with their heads held high and with a confidence that comes from winning a majority of their games this season. Wisconsin has earned one loss on the road this year, but that was against a much harder opponent than St. Cloud.After this weekend, Wisconsin ends their fall campaign and gets to look forward to a few weeks off as they finish up the Fall semester. The Badgers have certainly earned this much-deserved break, and it will be a good time for UW to relax.The Badgers and the Huskies will take to the ice on Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m.. While the match is in St. Cloud, fans can still watch Friday’s game on Fox Sports Go.last_img read more