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Pa. House passes amended transportation plan

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The House Transportation Committee has approved an amended version of the Senate plan to increase spending on Pennsylvania's transportation infrastructure.

The House version that passed Thursday would keep the liquid fuels tax assessed at the pump at its current rate of 12 cents per gallon, and would uncap the oil franchise tax on the wholesale price of gas and diesel over five years.

Uncapping the oil franchise tax would increase revenue to PennDOT in the amount of $1.8 billion annually within five years, according to House Republicans.

The amended version would remove from the Senate plan the proposed increases to driver's license and registration fees and a proposed $100 surcharge on traffic violations, but would increase the existing fine for failure to obey traffic control devices to $75.

The House plan would also keep annual vehicle registrations and four-year driver's licenses.

Several reforms to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission are included, including a required performance audit by the state's auditor general every two years.

The House version would immediately stop the Turnpike's $200 million yearly debt obligation to PennDOT that is directed to roads and bridges under Act 44 of 2007.

An additional $250 a year the Turnpike must pay PennDOT to fund mass transit would end in eight years, and the transit funding would be replaced by directing $250 million annually from vehicle sales tax revenues.

The tire tax would be increased by $1, and the tax on aviation jet fuel would be raised by two cents per gallon, to 3.1 cents.

The bill also would allow counties to impose a $5 fee for each vehicle registered to an address located in the county. The revenue would be used to supplement local transportation needs.

 

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