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House Leader: Members Prefer Gov’s Transportation Plan

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File Photo House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (credit: www.repturzai.com)

File Photo House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (credit: http://www.repturzai.com)

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By Tony Romeo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As state lawmakers grapple with whether and how to come up with new funding for transportation in Pennsylvania before next weekend’s scheduled summer recess, it’s becoming clear that any plan they approve will not be as ambitious as one passed by the state Senate earlier this month.

State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, an Allegheny County Republican, says members of his caucus tend to prefer a less expensive transportation funding proposal put forth by Governor Corbett:

“Many members here prefer the governor’s approach. Many members have articulated that.”

Both approaches involve lifting a cap on taxes on wholesale gasoline, but at least one additional method of raising revenue proposed by the Senate, a $100 surcharge on most traffic fines, is being dropped by House Republicans.

PennDOT, meanwhile, has launched a website identifying where and how additional funding would be used.

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