Wolf touts benefits of severance tax to municipal officials


Gov. Tom Wolf laid out his plan to help communities repair their roads and improve their internet access.

Wolf spoke about his Restore Pennsylvania plan at a conference of municipal officials in Harrisburg on Monday. The plan will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in the improvement of roads and other infrastructure, preventing flooding, and providing better broadband service.

“With Restore Pennsylvania, we can completely bridge the digital divide in every community in Pennsylvania, which is going to make Pennsylvania a better place to live, to work, raise a family,  build a business, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” Wolf said.

The biggest hurdle Wolf’s plan may face is funding. Wolf wants the money to come from a severance tax on natural gas drillers, which historically faces stiff opposition.

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