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Let’s Get Pennsylvania’s Bridges Fixed, Corbett Tells Legislators

(Gov. Corbett places chunks of concrete he says came from deteriorating bridges on the carpet in front of his lectern.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

(Gov. Corbett places chunks of concrete he says came from deteriorating bridges on the carpet in front of his lectern. Credit: Tony Romeo)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) —  Governor Corbett today turned up the heat on lawmakers still wrestling with legislation that would raise new funds for roads, bridges, and mass transit in Pennsylvania.

A stern Corbett displayed chunks of concrete from a crumbling Harrisburg bridge to drive home his point that action on transportation funding is a matter of public safety and quality of life.

“And I ask you to report this: this is not a partisan issue,” he said.  “I don’t see ‘Democrat’ or ‘Republican’ written on the roads, on the bridges. I don’t see it on the transit signs. And I think that point needs to be made.”

The governor is urging voters to contact their legislators and make known their desire for passage of a transportation funding bill.

Negotiators have reported progress in talks intended to produce a compromise bill and those talks will continue over the next several weeks (see related story).  After Wednesday’s session, lawmakers do not return to the capitol until mid-November.

 

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