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Friday, November 22, 2013

Senator Joe Scarnati Votes Yes On Transportation Bill

Senator Joe Scarnati Votes Yes On Transportation Bill

The 25th Senatorial District will receive approximately half a billion dollars in additional funding for transportation projects over the next decade, as a result of legislation passed today in the Senate, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25), who said the measure is vital to public safety and economic development.

Scarnati supported House Bill 1060, which will invest a total of more than $2.3 billion in the Commonwealth’s highways and bridges, transit agencies, railways, airports and ports. It follows the major recommendations made by the Governor’s Transportation Funding Advisory Commission. House Bill 1060 received strong bipartisan support and passed the Senate by a vote of 43 to 7.

The bill, which now goes to the House for final approval, will raise revenue through a number of sources, including adjusting vehicle driver registration fees for inflation, increasing fines, uncapping the Oil Company Franchise Tax over five years and modernizing many PennDOT services for cost savings.

“Funding raised through this comprehensive transportation plan will make a huge difference in our region, enabling weight-restricted bridges and crumbling roads and highways to be repaired,” Scarnati said.

Scarnati said the bill represents a bipartisan effort to fund transportation projects throughout the state and address critical safety issues. Pennsylvania currently 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.

Scarnati noted that the funding initiative will also invest an additional $14 million in rail lines throughout Pennsylvania this year, with a total of more than $88 million allotted over the next five years.

“This comprehensive plan also makes a strong investment in rail lines and airports which are crucial to moving goods and services in rural areas of the state,” Scarnati said. “The plan will provide a boost to our economy through the significant funding for transportation infrastructure and is expected to create 50,000 new jobs.”

Scarnati explained that in addition, House Bill 1060 takes an important step to provide a $30 million increase to the Dirt and Gravel Road Program, which will bring total funding to $35 million annually for maintenance and improvement of dirt and gravel roads.

“Repairing weight-restricted bridges is particularly crucial in rural areas of the state, where motorists have farther driving distances to work, school and other activities,” Scarnati said. “Improving our roads will save motorists time, improve public safety and create good-paying jobs for workers.”

11 comments :

Anonymous said...

Somehow Scarnati has forgotten that most cannot afford these extra costs.

Anonymous said...

Turd cutter Joe at it again!

Anonymous said...

I commend Senator Scarnati for supporting this necessary piece of legislation. It took courage on his part. Those who voted against the bill can now say "don't blame me when you're paying higher prices for gasoline," but I would love to know what they would say when a bridge collapses or a road crumbles into mud and cinders. These ostriches and transparent politicians who didn't have the guts to do the right thing are a source of shame as far as I am concerned. I disagree with Senator Scarnati on several things but I admire his courage to cast his tough vote in a responsible manner on this one.

Anonymous said...

Well 4:03 apparently your not hurting for money, good for you. There's never is a good time to raise taxes and this certenly was not the time. What happened to the 10s of millions from the gas lease money on the state lands. Not to mention the royolties that are being collected. This does not have a thing to do with guts it has to do with common sense.

Anonymous said...

"Under the bill, the tax on gasoline could increase by as much as 28.5 cents and the tax on diesel fuel by 39.8 cents per gallon by 2017. The tax hikes, along with increases in more than 100 other user fees such as vehicle registrations, driver licenses and traffic ticket fines, are expected to generate an additional $2.3 billion per year, including $1.65 billion for highways and bridges and nearly $500 million for mass transit."

Just how much will this bill increase expenses for the city dwellers that can walk or hop on a bus to get to work?? Sounds like, once again, the rural areas are paying the tab.

Anonymous said...

It's always a sacrificial and noble undertaking when a Republican "does the right thing" by raising our taxes.

But if you're a Democrat? You're probably a socialist communist usurper.

Anonymous said...

This is the same Senator that is going to vote for a bill to let universities and/or colleges determine whether your local public school can be turned into a charter school. Yes, take control of local school districts out of the hands of elected officials and turn that control over to an outside entity. Scarnati is just a Corbett lackey. He needs to go also.

Anonymous said...

this guy and Corbett are stupid I bet the dummies lose their next vote total bs

Anonymous said...

This one should get Joe seats at the 50 yard line !!

Anonymous said...

middle class worker you are going to the bottom to pay for big corporation tax breaks and the welfare state.Lets give more welfare to the top and bottom so you can pay for it

Anonymous said...

You people that like this bill can be all fuzzy and warm inside. The truth is small municipalities won't see a dime.You should read things before you comment. The money is already earmarked for the southern part of the state (Philly ,Pittsburgh&State Collage area's