Corbett promises transportation funding proposal soon

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HARRISBURG -- Gov. Tom Corbett says all of the funding options proposed by his transportation commission remain under consideration, including lifting a cap on the tax on wholesale gasoline.

Mr. Corbett addressed infrastructure funding during a wide-ranging interview with state capital reporters Thursday afternoon.

Asked whether lifting the cap would violate his pledge against tax hikes, the governor responded that the cap is "artificial" because the Legislature decided "somewhere along the line" to stop the levy at $1.25 per gallon.

"If we do that, I think you'll hear both sides, but I will tell you this: It's an artificial cap," Mr. Corbett said.

The August 2011 report from his transportation funding commission recommended lifting that cap on the Oil Franchise Tax, as well as adjusting license renewal and registration fees to reflect inflation.

Mr. Corbett has yet to publicly endorse a funding plan to raise several billion dollars needed annually for highway and bridge repairs.

"We're looking, and we will come out with something relatively soon, before the budget, on transportation," Mr. Corbett said. "Everything that's in the transportation [report] is on the table with us right now."

The governor also said he likely would cooperate with Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane's review of the Jerry Sandusky probe unless he believes her review would be a politically aimed investigation.

He expressed frustrations as well with what he described as a lack of information from the federal government regarding the health-insurance exchanges. He gave no timeline for when his administration would announce its decision on whether to create Pennsylvania's exchange internally. mobilehome - breaking - electionspa - state - Transportation

Harrisburg Bureau Chief Laura Olson: lolson@post-gazette.com or 717-787-4254. Karen Langley: klangley@post-gazette.com or 717-787-2141.


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