Corbett promises transportation funding plan early next year

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HARRISBURG -- More than a year after Gov. Tom Corbett's advisory commission on transportation funding issued its report, the governor told the Pennsylvania Press Club this afternoon he will propose and lobby for a plan next year.

As he often is, Mr. Corbett was asked if he will take action to reform funding for transportation infrastructure in the state -- in this case, "Will you propose and lobby for a transportation funding package next year?"

"Short answer, yes," he said.

Asked if he would share any specifics, Mr. Corbett responded, "No."

The governor's spokesman, Kevin Harley, told reporters afterward they would see a plan when the Legislature returns in January. But he declined to discuss details of a plan or say when exactly the governor would unveil it.

"He certainly will be sitting down with the legislative leaders and coming up with a plan," Mr. Harley said.

Mr. Corbett had appointed the transportation advisory commission to address a shortfall in the funding needed to maintain Pennsylvania roads, bridges and public transit systems. In August 2011, the group delivered a set of recommendations that would increase annual transportation revenue in part by raising fees for registrations and licenses and lifting the cap on a tax paid by fuel distributors.

Since then, the governor has taken no action on the recommendations, saying he had other priorities. mobilehome - breaking - state - Transportation

Karen Langley: klangley@post-gazette.com or 717-787-2141.


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