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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 

President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.

2020Talks - October 23, 2020 

The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Supporters Make "Wallet" Argument for Water and Sewer Bonds

November 3, 2008

It's not the most glamorous question on the ballot in Pennsylvania, but supporters say bonds for sewer and water improvements are important for the future of the state and the Chesapeake Bay. Harry Campbell with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the referendum on Tuesday's ballot would make 400 million dollars available for upgrading infrastructure, including updates to sewage treatment plants as required by federal clean water laws. He adds that there's another motivation for the measure.

"In some cases it's estimated that without this money, our sewage rates in many of our communities may double or triple in the coming years to meet this mandate."

He explains many wastewater facilities have not been upgraded in as long as twenty years, and updating them would mean big improvements for the water quality of local streams and rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. The bonds would also make money available to improve drinking water quality.

Some fiscal conservatives oppose going deeper into debt during an economic downturn, but Campbell and many others say the upgrades are desperately needed and would also be an economic boost.

"It poises Pennsylvania, when the economy does turn around, to be a leader in the infrastructure that is available to not only attract but retain new industries."

He says the upgraded infrastructure will also keep engineers and other workers in the state employed in the meantime.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - PA