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House Democrats reintroduce transportation legislation in new session

By - Last modified: January 14, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Democratic leaders in the state House of Representatives have introduced three bills to provide a long-term plan to fund improvements to the state's transportation infrastructure.

Whip Mike Hanna, D-Clinton and Centre counties, and Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny County, sponsored bills in the previous legislative session and have reintroduced legislation as House Bills 12, 13 and 14, according to a news release.

The bills follow recommendations of Gov. Tom Corbett's Transportation Funding Advisory Commission in 2011, the release stated.

The commission urged officials to consider measures such as adjusting vehicle and driver fees for inflation, raising fines, uncapping the Oil Company Franchise Tax over five years and finding cost savings through modernizing services of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The report provided a path to potentially raise up to $2.5 billion per year for transportation.

The Democratic lawmakers have introduced their legislation as Pennsylvania residents wait for Corbett to act on the issue.

The package also has specific recommendations for adequate mass transit funding..

The administration has taken on modernization recommendations for PennDOT initially and, for example, signed transportation-related public-private partnership legislation, spokeswoman Kelli Roberts said.

And the governor will have his plan for the funding side of the issue out in the coming weeks, Roberts said.

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey covers York County, agribusiness, energy and environment, and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at brentb@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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