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.

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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.

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“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.

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