With the 2015 city elections in the rear view, The 5th Square PAC is shifting gears to focus on the 2016 primaries for the Pennsylvania state legislature in Harrisburg.
In 2016, we're working from the same playbook we used in 2015:
1. Create a platform of policy ideas
2. Vet candidates to see who lines up with the platform
3. Mobilize our supporters to help those candidates win.
Right now, we need your help with the first step. We need to know what changes urbanists want from Harrisburg
Submit your ideas for policy changes you want to see in Harrisburg that are relevant to the 5th Square's focus areas: winning safer streets for walking and biking, attracting more jobs and housing growth to PA's walkable urban centers, supporting affordable and reliable transportation alternatives to private car ownership, and funding more and better public spaces.
We've seeded this page with a few ideas we're interested in, and now we want to hear from you. Tell us your ideas, and engage with other supporters' ideas to help us get the best possible state platform.
Pennsylvania's Act 89 transportation funding law created a new Multimodal Transportation Fund to pay for walking, biking, and transit infrastructure for the first time. Currently the fund's budget stands at a meager $2 million. We're asking state legislative candidates to pledge to increase the fund to $10 million by 2020.
Our state highway system is a mess, and represents an enormous mountain of liabilities into the indefinite future. The Legislature should mandate that PennDOT bring our existing roads and bridges to a state of good repair BEFORE adding a single lane-mile of new capacity.