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Corbett signs transportation bill

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 25, 2013 10:40 AM
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SPRING MILLS, Pa. (AP) _ Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law a bill that will provide $2.3 billion a year for improvements to Pennsylvania's highways, bridges and mass-transit systems.

In shivering temperatures, Corbett appeared this morning before dozens of local and state officials at a ceremony in the parking lot of a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Spring Mills, along busy state Route 322, just outside State College

The Republican governor praised lawmakers for last week's bipartisan vote to approve the measure. He said there is ``barely a spot in Pennsylvania'' that will not benefit from the additional money that will be generated by higher gas taxes and motorist fees.

The governor and his entourage were flying to similar bill-signing events in the Philadelphia suburbs and Pittsburgh later in the day.

This story was updated at 10:40 AM. The earlier story is below.

(Spring Mills) -- Gov. Tom Corbett is traveling across Pennsylvania to sign a bill that will provide $2.3 billion a year for improvements to the state's highways, bridges and mass-transit systems.

Corbett plans to sign the legislation Monday morning at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Spring Mills, near State College. Similar events are planned later in the day in the Philadelphia suburbs and Pittsburgh.

The bill will increase gas taxes and motorist fees to generate the additional revenue.

Most of the new money is earmarked for highways and bridges, and the administration says the first projects to be financed with it will likely be scattered across the state.

The Republican governor is running for re-election in 2014. The bill's passage is the biggest triumph in his first three years as governor.

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