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Rural Communities

Throughout his career, Josh has stood up for Pennsylvanians who have been screwed over by powerful interests. In recent decades, many people living in rural Pennsylvania have been left behind, and had to live through economic downturns in their communities. As Governor, Josh will revive rural communities and ensure they have a seat at the table. 

Josh has a plan to grow Pennsylvania’s rural economy, invest in needed infrastructure, and ensure better access to broadband, healthcare, and jobs. 

Josh will prioritize and ensure access to broadband across rural Pennsylvania. Over 800,000 Pennsylvanians lack access to high-speed internet and around 36 percent of farms in the Commonwealth reported not having internet access in 2021. Josh will redouble efforts to develop broadband infrastructure and provide technical assistance to municipalities, tribal governments, and organizations in their applications for the over $100 billion in federal broadband funding available.

Josh will also invest in agricultural infrastructure and ensure that farmers have the financing and investments necessary for agricultural production and remain competitive and profitable. He’ll keep rural hospitals from closing by ensuring the financial viability and expand telehealth for rural communities that lack easy access to transportation. 

Lastly, Josh will expand opportunities for good paying jobs in rural communities by increasing funding for rural apprenticeships, investing in workforce development initiatives, capping abandoned wells, fixing our sewer and stormwater systems, and repairing structurally deficient bridges and roads.

  • Newsradio 1070 WKOK (Sunbury): PA AG Shapiro visits Valley to quell farm vs. town disputes

    1/4/18

    SUNBURY – A visit from the state attorney general towards lessening disputes between local farmers and local government. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro met with Valley farmers, and various county and township officials Thursday at the Northumberland County Administration Center. The round table was focused on how farmers can protect themselves by using the Act 38 ACRE law in disputes with government. Shapiro hopes it will end disputes more quickly to save farmers money. “If we can provide some guidance to them through the ACRE program, as to how we resolve the dispute somewhere else, we can save some a whole lot of time of legal fees and fighting back and forth and community angst.”

     

    Altoona Mirror: State AG filing lawsuit against accused farmer scammer

    3/15/22

    The state Attorney General’s Office has filed a lawsuit against a Franklin County woman accused of scamming farmers, including one in Bedford County.

     

    The Courier Express: Center for Rural Pennsylvania hearing focuses on heroin/opioid crisis

    2/12/21

    HARRISBURG — The Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors, chaired by Sen. Gene Yaw, held a virtual public hearing Thursday to learn more about COVID-19’s influence on the heroin/opioid crisis in Pennsylvania. Preliminary data indicate that reported overdoses increased in rural Pennsylvania during the pandemic.

     

    WNEP: $5.3 million settlement for landowners in Chesapeake agreement

    3/11/21

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has announced details of a settlement agreement with Chesapeake Energy, which filed for bankruptcy in June 2020…The settlement provides for better payment of royalties for Pennsylvania landowners with Chesapeake leases, including $5.3 million in restitution.

     

    NorthcentralPA.com: Attorneys General urge Congress to boost rural high speed internet connectivity

    5/25/20

    Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined a group of 39 Attorneys General in urging Congress to help ensure that all Americans, particularly those in rural areas, have home internet connectivity to participate in telemedicine, teleschooling, and telework as part of any new COVID-19 relief or recovery bills.