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Pa. Lawmaker Presses Governor On Transportation Funding

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – In an apparent effort to jump-start the issue, a key Pennsylvania state senator is introducing legislation that would implement the recommendations of a panel appointed by Governor Corbett to study transportation funding.

Corbett had indicated he would make a transportation funding proposal this fall but, citing the economy as the reason, he has not yet made that announcement.

So, Republican Jake Corman (photo), chairman of the state Senate Appropriations Committee, says he’ll introduce legislation that will embody the recommendations made by the governor’s transportation funding commission earlier this summer.

“I can’t speak for the governor,” says Corman, “I can only tell you that five people in his administration voted for this transportation commission report.   His (transportation) secretary chaired this commission, his secretary has gone around this state and advocated for this position.  So I hope that he embraces all or parts of this, and hopefully he’ll come forward with a plan that addresses this issue.”

The transportation funding commission recommendations included lifting the cap on gasoline taxes at the wholesale level and increasing vehicle license and registration fees.

Reported by KYW Harrisburg bureau chief Tony Romeo

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