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Governor Corbett says Senate transportation plan needs to be cut back

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 10, 2013 11:37 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett says a $2.5 billion increase in transportation approved by the state Senate will likely have to be trimmed.

The Republican governor notes the increase senators approved last week in a lopsided bipartisan vote is higher than what he wants. Corbett has proposed a $1.8 billion increase.

The governor says he doesn't think the Senate bill will make it to his desk in its present form and predicted that any successful legislation will likely fall somewhere between those numbers.

Both proposals rely mainly on gradually increasing a wholesale gas tax by 28.5 cents a gallon over several years, giving Pennsylvania among the nation's highest fuel tax rates.

Debate on the separate 2013-14 state budget is expected to open in the House on this afternoon.

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