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Friday, November 15, 2013

Transportation Funding – On the House Agenda Next Week

Transportation Funding – On the House Agenda Next Week

A live web stream of House session and the majority of committee meetings is available at PAHouseGOP.com. Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting Facebook.com/PAHouseGOP.

The problem and the solution…?

Maintaining the highways, bridges and roads in our communities is a key factor in ensuring the safety of residents, which is why transportation funding is a priority to legislators. Equally important is ensuring Pennsylvanians are provided accessible, reliable and affordable public transportation.

Pennsylvania currently spends nearly $7 billion on transportation, of which approximately $4 billion is spent on roads and bridges.

Pennsylvania has 31,717 bridges, of which 25,321 are state and 6,396 are local bridges. Of those bridges, 6,536 are considered “structurally deficient,” 4,293 state and 2,243 local. There are 2,528 bridges which are weight restricted and 256 closed bridges.

Members of the House have been working on the transportation funding issue for quite some time, but finding consensus has been and continues to be difficult. As the members debate and discuss transportation funding, they will be mindful the money they are talking about comes from hard-working Pennsylvanians.

House Bill 106 (Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne and Monroe counties) to allow biennial vehicle registration renewals for passenger vehicles and light trucks is scheduled for a vote next week. Transportation funding amendments are attached to this bill as well.

The Weekly Schedule

Identified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below. More information regarding these bills can be found at PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab. Click here for more

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