Will the passage of transportation funding actually help the poll-challenged governor? Franklin and Marshall College pollster and political analyst Terry Madonna believes it will.
The stage is now set for a final vote on major new funding for roads, bridges and mass transit after the state Senate approved a bill yesterday.
For most commuters who rely on SEPTA’s Media/Elwyn Regional Rail line, word of a failed house vote on transportation funding is concerning, as SEPTA has said it would have to stop service on this line in 2015 without additional funding.
Despite his opposition to it, the majority leader says he still expects the Pennsylvania House to vote later this month on legislation to raise new funds for roads, bridges and mass transit. Meanwhile, a vote has been delayed at the request of the governor.
Advocates for new state transportation funding are expressing confidence that a proposal passed by the state senate to raise $2.5-billion a year can win approval in the house this fall.
Nearly 40 percent of the downtown workforce lives outside the city and they, too, are abandoning cars.
It appears that the majority Republicans in the Pennsylvania are poised to gut a transportation funding bill passed by the state senate earlier this year.
The secretary of PennDOT says Governor Corbett would be willing to support a Senate transportation funding proposal that goes well beyond what he’s proposed.
Governor Corbett in February proposed raising about $1.8 billion a year for roads, bridges and mass transit primarily by lifting the cap on gasoline taxes at the wholesale level.
The cost fixing Pennsylvania’s transportation network is high but the cost of not doing it is higher, so says a new report.
A Turnpike Commission spokesman says the turnpike plans to borrow $200 million and is expected to save $35 million, also says the plan has been thoroughly vetted.
Minority Democrats in the Pennsylvania legislature say job creation, education and transportation funding will be their top priorities in the new session that begins in January.
Governor Corbett says he will soon have something to say on the subject of school voucher legislation, but he’s giving more indications transportation funding may not be addressed this fall as was expected.
Governor Corbett says his top priority is school vouchers, but he also wants to address transportation funding, liquor privatization, and natural gas drilling.
His transportation funding commission has recommended an increase in gas taxes and vehicle fees to raise new money for roads, bridges and mass transit, but Governor Corbett is hinting that he may have other ideas.