July 28, 2020

A Green Stimulus and Recovery Platform for Pennsylvania

On July 28, 2020, PennFuture released a 50-page report designed to guide our leaders to implement a green stimulus recovery plan for Pennsylvania.

This green stimulus and recovery platform lays out an agenda to take advantage of Pennsylvania’s homegrown sustainable industries—nature-based, outdoor tourism, agriculture, and renewable energy businesses—to put people back to work as well as rebuild a more equitable economy through the lens of sustainability and clean energy. As Table 1 summarizes, the stimulus proposals call for $2.83 billion in annual investments for the duration of the pandemic and other policy reforms, which we estimate will preserve or create over 389,000 jobs. Additional economic benefits would come from the recommendations on growing and transitioning to a clean energy economy.

The policy recommendations made in this platform fall under five categories and are summarized below:

  • Avoid State Budget Cuts that Will Harm Economic Recovery
  • Preserve Nature-Based Small Businesses from Collapse
  • Create a Green Jobs Program to Put Pennsylvania Back to Work
  • Double Down on Pennsylvania’s Resilient Clean Energy Economy
  • Convene a Green Recovery Summit for Municipal Officials

To read PennFuture's "A Green Stimulus and Recovery Platform for Pennsylvania" report, please click here.