Corbett, Rendell, Schweiker and Ridge call for passage of transportation funding bill

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and three of his predecessors urged the General Assembly in Harrisburg to pass a transportation funding bill, releasing a joint statement today that said passage was in the state's best interest.

Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker, Republicans like Mr. Corbett, and Democrat Ed Rendell released the statement under all four of their names this morning.

"We’re four very different individuals, with very distinct and differing political views and markedly different styles when it comes to governing," they said in the statement. "Yet each of us agrees: Pennsylvania needs a comprehensive transportation funding bill. And we need it now."

The bill, the governors said, is critical the Commonwealth's economy.

"Our state’s economic strength is due in part to its location within a day’s drive from 60 percent of the American marketplace," they said. "Yet, maintaining this strength requires an ability to move people, goods and services across a vast network of roads, bridges and public transportation."

Mr. Corbett's administration counted 9,000 miles of poor roads and 4,500 bridges out of code. Failure to pass the funding bill could leave 12,000 people out of construction work in 2014.

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