Harrisburg, PA (July 27, 2021) – League President Philadelphia Councilmember Derek Green made the following statement today:
“As Congress debates infrastructure funding and priorities in Washington DC, The Pennsylvania Municipal League, representing 119 direct member communities and nearly 4 million citizens, urges our Congressional delegation and all members of Congress to support the bipartisan efforts underway in the U.S. Senate to make historic investments in our nation’s infrastructure. Roads, bridges, transit, water and wastewater systems are vital to the economic development of the Commonwealth’s communities.
“According to the Pennsylvania State Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2018 Report Card, Pennsylvania’s infrastructure gets an overall grade of C-. They indicate that much of our infrastructure continues to serve well beyond its intended lifespan and continues to deteriorate. There are more than 118,226 miles of public roads, streets and toll roads in Pennsylvania, making it one of the largest systems in the nation.
“Local elected and appointed officials, including mayors, councilmembers, municipal managers and public works leaders have long called for federal action to help improve local roads, bridges, transit, water and wastewater systems. The League fully supports the bipartisan approach underway in Congress to pass an infrastructure investment program. We stand ready to use federal dollars to upgrade our vital infrastructure to help build a better Commonwealth for our children and grandchildren.”
CONTACT: Debbie Bitting, Pennsylvania Municipal League
717-236-9469, ext. *223, email@example.com
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About The Pennsylvania Municipal League
The mission of the Pennsylvania Municipal League is to strengthen, empower and advocate for effective local government. The League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1900 as an advocate for Pennsylvania’s 3rd class cities. Today, The League represents Pennsylvania cities, boroughs, townships, home rule communities and towns that all share their municipal policy interests. The Board of Directors oversees the administration of a wide array of municipal services including legislative advocacy, publications, education/training, consulting-based programs, and group insurance trusts. For more information, please visit PML.org. Join the conversation at twitter.com/PAMunicipalLeag and facebook.com/PaMunicipalLeague – #StrengthThroughEngagement.