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Wolf Visits Johnstown
2/6/2019
 
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Governor Wolf made a pit stop in Johnstown Wednesday morning to talk about his new budget plan. In that plan, he touched on some of the issues the city is dealing with, including blight. Wolf is proposing to tackle that problem with a new tax but this tax won't be coming out of state resident's pockets. During the event Wolf talked about the new plan called Restore Pennsylvania. The plan mainly focuses on helping communities throughout the state in addressing blight, lack of internet access, and expand green infrastructure. Wolf has proposed to implement a severance tax, which basically means taxing extraction of natural resources, like oil and natural gas. Right now, in the U.S., 34 states already have something similar already in place. Wolf says, Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years towards those issues. We also talked to State Rep. Jim Rigby about the governor's proposal and he says he's all for getting rid of the blight, but feels as though a severance tax can hurt the commonwealth more than help it. "It's probably going to cost us jobs and some of these businesses may want to pull out. I mean they've already told us that if this happens they'll drill elsewhere. There are other states that are waiting for them with open arms." In that plan, he touched on some of the issues the city is dealing with, including blight. Wolf is proposing to tackle that problem with a new tax but this tax won't be coming out of state resident's pockets. During the event Wolf talked about the new plan called Restore Pennsylvania. The plan mainly focuses on helping communities throughout the state in addressing blight, lack of internet access, and expand green infrastructure. Wolf has proposed to implement a severance tax, which basically means taxing extraction of natural resources, like oil and natural gas. Right now, in the U.S., 34 states already have something similar already in place. Wolf says, Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years towards those issues. We also talked to State Rep. Jim Rigby about the governor's proposal and he says he's all for getting rid of the blight, but feels as though a severance tax can hurt the commonwealth more than help it. "It's probably going to cost us jobs and some of these businesses may want to pull out. I mean they've already told us that if this happens they'll drill elsewhere. There are other states that are waiting for them with open arms."
  
 
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