FAMILY AG. & RURAL PA

I am running to be a legislator for everyone in this district, and that includes our family farms and agricultural regions of Chester County. Connection across communities is important to me, and working toward rural broadband access is one of my campaign’s key priorities. Our state is not doing enough to support the independent farms of Pennsylvania. We must make sure that farms are able to supplement their industry with innovative and stable sources of income, such as energy or agro-tourism. I am committed to ensuring the success of future generations of farmers by increasing investment in Pennsylvania agriculture agencies and education.

Rural Broadband​

I strongly support efforts to increase rural broadband access through greater state funding. As our economy changes, we have an opportunity to make meaningful investments in our rural communities. With more and more necessary services and functions moving online, we have to make sure all regions and populations — especially rural areas — have broadband resources. The coronavirus pandemic has further highlighted the inequity in internet access across our state, and I pledge to push for investments in our infrastructure that will ensure widespread access. Expansion of broadband infrastructure to our rural areas is essential to ensure that our rural communities and the agriculture industries that support them thrive in the future. The emergence of 5G presents new risks to access, and I will work to oppose government deregulation and make sure service providers are required to provide equal access to all consumers.

Solar Projects and Fair Environmental Policy

I know we must take action to address the climate crisis and invest in sustainable infrastructure to meet the energy demands of the 21st century. I support investing in renewable energy sources like wind and solar that create good-paying manufacturing jobs here in Pennsylvania and great opportunities for our rural economies with jobs that can’t be outsourced or offshored.

 

Additionally, we must reassess the current municipal storm-water management fees and ensure that agriculture properties are not disproportionately affected. I’m deeply committed to protecting our water quality and safety, but we need to make this regulation fair. I’ll work for common-sense changes to the fee structures, including making fees relative to the amount of impervious surfaces and providing grants to farmers who engage in conservation projects to reduce erosion and runoff.

Investing in Agriculture

Agricultural agencies and research programs deserve our continued investment to support current and future generations of farmers. Agriculture is one of the most important businesses in our commonwealth, and without investment, our agriculture business cannot thrive, and our small and family farms will not continue. I support programs that will help local farm-to-table initiatives, and those that promote agricultural research and education.

Rural Broadband​

I strongly support efforts to increase rural broadband access through greater state funding. With more and more necessary services and functions moving online, we have to make sure all regions and populations — especially rural areas — have broadband resources. The coronavirus pandemic has further highlighted the inequity in internet access across our state, and I pledge to push for investments in our infrastructure that will ensure widespread access. The emergence of 5G presents new risks to access, and I will work to oppose government deregulation and make sure service providers are required to provide equal access to all consumers. 

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