GOP regroups after PA transportation funding defeat

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 19, 2013 5:12 PM

(Harrisburg) --  Republicans are regrouping after the narrow defeat of a $2.3 billion transportation funding plan that's supported by Governor Corbett, but riled Democratic leaders over a provision to roll back wage requirements on some highway projects. 

Corbett's chief of staff, Leslie Gromis Baker, says the governor's staff is trying to find a way to win passage of a transportation plan. The House remained in session this evening and another transportation vote was possible.

The House's rejection Monday night raised doubts whether a transportation measure can pass the Legislature before 2015.

The Republican majority was divided over concerns about a tax increase that conservatives call the second-largest in Pennsylvania's history.
Democratic minority leaders want a vote on their nearly identical plan. But House Speaker Sam Smith is refusing because it lacks a wage provision.


This story was updated at 6:01 p.m. on 11/19/13

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