$2.4B transportation bill gets final approval - abc27 WHTM

$2.4B transportation bill gets final approval

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A bill that will raise gasoline taxes and driver fees to spend $2.4 billion more each year on Pennsylvania's roads, bridges and mass transit systems cleared its final legislative hurdle Thursday in the state House of Representatives.

The House voted 113-85 to send the measure to Governor Tom Corbett, who made transportation his top legislative priority and repeatedly urged lawmakers to approve a plan for funding critically needed repairs and new construction.

Corbett is expected to sign the legislation into law sometime next week.

House Bill 1060 calls for the elimination of the 12 cents per gallon state liquid fuels tax assessed at the retail level, with adjustments to the millage rate of the Oil Company Franchise Tax to offset the elimination.

The cap on the Oil Company Franchise Tax, $1.25 per gallon since 1983, would be incrementally eliminated over a period of five years to $2.99 in 2017.

The measure would also increase fees for PennDOT services such as vehicle registrations, license plates and driver's licenses, and it would increase the surcharges on fines for most traffic violations.


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