PA Farm Bureau backs transportation funding plan

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 23, 2013 5:38 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is hailing passage of a massive new transportation funding bill.

Spokesman Mark O'Neill says the weight restrictions imposed on Pennsylvania bridges cost farmers time and money during the harvest season.

"Farmers were forced to take longer trips," he says. O'Neill says the need for alternate routes, especially hurts dairy farmers who pay to have their milked transported for processing.

"And unlike some other industries, dairy farmer can't increase the price they get for milk to make up for higher operating costs," he explains.

Pennsylvania has more structurally deficient bridges than any state in the nation.

When fully phased in, the funding bill will raise two-point three billion dollars a year by uncapping wholesale gas taxes and hiking drivers' fees. Governor Corbett is expected to sign it next week.

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