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Governor Wolf to ask lawmakers for new $4.5B capital program

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 31, 2019 4:46 AM
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FILE PHOTO:A lane is blocked by construction equipment as work continues on the Birmingham Bridge that spans the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Harrisburg) -- Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is planning to ask lawmakers to approve a multibillion-dollar plan to borrow money for a wide range of projects, from controlling floodwaters to fighting blight.

The Democrat is set to unveil the plan today in more detail. The administration is proposing to borrow $4.5 billion and spend it over four years on a plan that ties together projects for both rural areas and downtowns.

Approval will be up to the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The administration says the money would go to expand high-speed internet access, improve storm water and flood control and clean up brownfields and blight in hopes of luring new businesses.

It also aims to help extend natural gas pipelines to businesses and pay for transportation improvements, including for public transit projects.

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