Pennsylvania Perspective for Monday, August 8, 2022
August 8, 2022
August 8, 2022
While Pennsylvania’s high-profile gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races have commanded much attention, the outcome of the state’s 17 congressional elections will also undoubtedly have a significant impact on the national policy landscape moving into 2023. For a rundown of each district’s congressional election — including the candidates who are running and predictions of election outcomes — view City & State Pennsylvania’s election guide here.
Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman will be officially returning to the campaign trail this week in his first public appearance since suffering from a stroke in May. The Democratic U.S. Senate candidate will be hosting a campaign event this Friday in Erie, traditionally an important bellwether county for the state. The Pennsylvania Capital-Star has more.
Republican candidate for governor Doug Mastriano spoke at a Legislative Luncheon event hosted by the Manufacturer & Business Association in Erie last Wednesday, calling his Democratic opponent, Josh Shapiro “extreme.” Throughout his campaign, State Senator Mastriano has drawn criticism for being “extreme” himself, a notion that he has been trying to dispel. GoErie has more.
The Inflation Reduction Act, which was passed by the U.S. Senate on Sunday, is set to cap insulin costs at $35 for Medicare enrollees and continue enhanced premium tax credits, among other provisions, if passed by the House. The measures have the potential to help hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians with health care costs. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has more.
Pennsylvania lawmakers are said to be considering a measure that would allow private companies to more easily acquire municipal water authorities. Proponents of the idea — including Senator Pat Stefano, who will be sponsoring legislation — claim that such action would improve the reliability, quality, and security of water management systems. Critics argue that it addresses a nonexistent problem and would only lead to privatization and higher water bills for Pennsylvanians. Spotlight PA has more.
Last Friday, Energy Transfer Operating pleaded no contest to charges that it systematically polluted waterways and wells during construction of a pipeline to connect a gas field in western Pennsylvania to an export terminal in southeast Pennsylvania. The Texas-based company has agreed to pay $10 million to restore nearby watersheds and streams, among other contamination remediation efforts. The Associated Press has more.
The University City Townhomes encampment, which was erected in early July to protest the sale of the property, was cleared out this morning by about 20 sheriff’s officers and other law enforcement personnel. The current owner has agreed to cover the cost of relocation for some residents who have reached out for help, but activists argue that this will not be enough for all those who will be displaced by the sale to find safe, affordable homes. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.
The notion of a Roosevelt Boulevard subway, which has been proposed and seriously considered at various points since the 1920s, is once again gaining traction among public transit experts and advocates, with some proposing the use of federal infrastructure funds for the potential project. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.
Pittsburgh is currently experiencing a construction boom, with 80 large projects having been proposed or already underway. While Pittsburgh’s building growth has been slightly slower than that of other cities, overall, it is not expected to slow down anytime soon, despite rising inflation rates. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has more.
Neighbors in Shadyside who opposed the construction of a new apartment building on South Aiken Avenue have been proven victorious after a Pittsburgh zoning board has denied Mozart Management’s bid to develop the property. The building, which would have boasted 131 units, also would have surpassed the zoning district’s height limitation, setting what opponents argue would be a bad precedent for future development in the neighborhood. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has more.
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, which is currently working on a $470 million project to construct a backup drinking water system, is set to receive a historic $209 million PennVest loan, besting the previous largest PennVest loan to Pittsburgh, $65 million in 2020. WESA has more.
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