By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – A group of Democratic state lawmakers is making the latest attempt to jump-start the issue of raising more money for roads, bridges and mass transit in Pennsylvania.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: DA Krasner To Award Violence Prevention Grants To 3 Youth Cycling Programs
Governor Corbett impaneled a commission to study transportation funding last year but, citing a poor economy, decided not to act on its recommendations which include lifting a cap on wholesale gasoline taxes and increasing vehicle fees.
A group of Democratic House members – including Pittsburgh’s Dan Frankel – says if there’s an economic cost for acting on transportation funding, there is an economic cost for not acting as well.READ MORE: Man Stabbed At SEPTA's 30th Street Station
“Who’s going to want to come and invest in our Commonwealth if the entire infrastructure of the state – the ability to move people, to move goods and products around – is totally marginalized because of a deteriorated infrastructure,” Frankel said.
He and his colleagues are introducing the recommendations of the governor’s transportation funding panel in bill form, much the same way a key Republican senator did last fall, in an unsuccessful attempt to prompt discussion of the issue.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Mayor Kenney, Sen. Casey To Highlight Federal Funding For Schuylkill River