By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The Pennsylvania state Senate has passed and sent to the House a bill that would raise billions of new dollars for roads, bridges, and mass transit in the state.READ MORE: Arrest Warrant Issued For Contractor Ronald Williams Accused Of Scamming At Least 10 People Using Nextdoor App
The state senate approved a plan that would lift a cap on wholesale gasoline taxes and would increase vehicle fees and fines for moving violations (see related story).
It would raise about $700 million a year more for transportation than the $1.8-billion plan proposed by Governor Corbett, and is generally considered to be more expensive than many members of the House would like.
But the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, suburban Philadelphia Republican John Rafferty, says it will jumpstart negotiations.READ MORE: Gunman On Dirt Bike Kills 37-Year-Old Man In West Philadelphia, Police Say
“This piece of legislation –- us passing it today -– will get it over to the House [and] begin an in-earnest discussion with the House of Representatives about what they want to see in transportation funding,” Rafferty said.
But it remains to be seen whether an agreement can be reached by the House, Senate, and governor before lawmakers adjourn for the summer.
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