PA lawmakers face decision on transportation funding

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 15, 2013 1:39 PM

(Harrisburg) -- State lawmakers are facing a decision next week about whether to authorize billions of dollars for Pennsylvania's roads, bridges and mass transit systems.

Top legislative aides said Friday a House vote could come as early as Monday, although there are competing proposals and it's unclear which can pass the chamber.

The leading Republican proposal would increase gas taxes and a host of motorist fees to eventually generate at least $2.3 billion a year.

Democrats have introduced a nearly similar approach, but they would eliminate the GOP's plan to exempt more local transportation projects from state wage requirements.

A different Republican proposal is smaller, at $1 billion a year. Whatever passes the House will still require approval from the Senate, which passed a $2.5 billion bill in June.

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