Pa. Transportation Bill Passed, Gas Hike Paying for It

By NBC10.com Staff and Wire Reports
|  Friday, Nov 22, 2013  |  Updated 12:26 PM EDT
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to a transportation funding bill that puts money into improving mass transit and crumbling roads.

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to a transportation funding bill that puts money into improving mass transit and crumbling roads.

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A bill to spend billions on roads, bridges and mass transit in Pennsylvania is past its final legislative hurdle and should soon be signed by Gov. Tom Corbett.

The state House voted 113-to-85 on Thursday to increase taxes and fees for what will soon be $2.3 billion or more in annual additional funding.

It would phase in higher gasoline taxes and a range of motorist fees collected by the state Transportation Department.

House passage comes just three days after the chamber narrowly defeated the same proposal.

Corbett is hailing passage of the new tbill, saying he perceived an urgent need to fix roads and bridges after he took office three years ago.

Corbett says he doesn't think the new taxes and fees bill break the categorical opposition to new taxes he expressed when running for governor in 2010.

He says the money will make the state safer and foster economic growth.

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