Pa. Senate passes $2.5B transportation bill
The state Senate today passed a major transportation bill that would invest more than $2.5 billion in infrastructure over five years.
Senate Bill 1, which now goes on to the House, would generate the additional revenue by uncapping the oil company franchise tax levied on the wholesale price of gasoline and diesel over three years as well as inflationary increases in license and vehicle registration fees for drivers.
A $100 surcharge dedicated to transportation would be added to motor vehicle code violations, with fines increasing for certain traffic violations.
Pennsylvania has more structurally deficient bridges — nearly 4,400 — than any other state in the nation, and 23 percent of its 44,000 miles of state-owned roads are in poor condition.
Gov. Tom Corbett had laid out a $1.8 billion transportation plan in February. Lawmakers are busy working on a 2013-14 budget. The current fiscal year ends June 30.