Pennsylvania's Senate Transportation Committee chairman wants to boost spending on highways and mass transit by almost 50-percent a year, primarily by raising a wholesale gas tax.
Senator John Rafferty's plan released Tuesday follows Governor Tom Corbett's more modest proposal in January.
The Montgomery County Republican envisions raising $2.5-billion a year for highways, bridges, airports, mass transit, ports, rail freight and walking and biking routes. It phases in over five years revenues that include higher fees on licenses, registration and traffic violations. Key Senate Democrats are expected to support it. However, it could have rough sledding in the more conservative House of Representatives.
The Department of Transportation says repairs are needed to about 20-percent of the state-maintained highways and bridges. Meanwhile, public transit agencies routinely battle budget deficits.
Monday March 10th
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Tuesday March 11th
Wednesday March 12th
Master Gardener Tom Ford
Leather Lounge Chair
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Wednesday March 5th
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Alto Model Train Museum Association Scalefest
Sunday March 9th 9am to 2pm