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$2.3B transportation funding plan passes PA House

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 21, 2013 6:11 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A bill to spend billions on roads, bridges and mass transit in Pennsylvania is past its final legislative hurdle and could soon be signed by Governor Corbett.

The state House has voted 113-to-85 to increase taxes and fees for what will soon be $2.3 billion or more in annual additional funding.

It would phase in higher gasoline taxes and a range of motorist fees collected by the state Transportation Department.

“Today is a landmark day for Pennsylvania. This bold transportation plan demonstrates that our elected officials are serious about keeping our residents safe and our economy strong,” Governor Corbett said. “The lawmakers who voted for this legislation have said, ‘yes’ to our state’s future and I thank each lawmaker whose yes vote will keep Pennsylvania moving.”

House passage comes just three days after the chamber narrowly defeated the same proposal. 

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