Senate Approves $2.5B for Transportation - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Senate Approves $2.5B for Transportation



    Senate Approves $2.5B for Transportation
    Catherine Ross, Plano Journalist

    A bill designed to boost state spending on Pennsylvania's transportation systems by almost 50 percent has received resounding support from state senators.

    The 45-5 vote Wednesday sends the bill to the House, where Republican leaders are skeptical of the $2.5 billion price tag.

    Gov. Tom Corbett backs a more modest $1.8 billion proposal. Both plans rely primarily on increasing a wholesale gas tax by 28.5 cents a gallon and would give Pennsylvania among the nation's highest fuel tax rates.

    Proponents say the money is badly needed, and that taxes haven't been raised in many years.

    A Transportation Department spokesman says the agency can't provide a list of which projects would be completed with the money. Currently, about 20 percent of the state-maintained bridges and highways are in need of repair.


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