Leading business organization joins transportation funding chorus

October 27, 2011

The Pennsylvania Business Council (PBC) joined a growing list of business and economic development organizations in support of the Transportation Funding Advisory Commission recommendations. The PBC represents some of the largest employers in the state and issued a policy statement supporting the recommendations of the Commission, which was appointment at the direction of Gov. Tom Corbett earlier this year. The PBC also applauded Sen. Jake Corman for his earlier announcement that he would introduce legislation to enact those recommendations outlined in the report, which was released on Aug. 1. Read more


PA’s largest local business organizations call for transportation funding

October 25, 2011

Two of Pennsylvania’s largest local chamber of commerce joined a growing list of business sector support and endorsed the Transportation Funding Advisory Commission’s (TFAC) recommendations and called on the PA General Assembly to pass a transportation infrastructure funding bill this fall. Last week, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development called on the Governor and General Assembly to take up a transportation funding measure as soon as possible.

To view the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh press release, click here.


Corman announces plan to introduce funding legislation

October 21, 2011

Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre) this week announced that he will introduce legislation that encompasses many of the funding recommendations of a state commission appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett.

Senator Corman said his multi-bill legislative package will be based largely on recommendations included in the report issued by the Transportation Funding Advisory Commission (TFAC), which Governor Corbett created in April to find solutions to the transportation funding crisis facing the state.

  • To view Senator Corman’s news release, go here
  • That Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC) commended Senator Corman’s plan.  To view the APC response, go here
  • To view the TFAC report, go here  


A Primer on User Fees and Taxes

October 18, 2011

Triad Strategies recently posted an item on its blog, The Triadvocate, explaining the difference between general taxes and user fees. The following is a re-post of that blog:

Your teacher told you in grade school that it would be important to know how to use a dictionary. Now, the current Pennsylvania public policy debate on transportation funding has given you the perfect example of why she was right.

Most people say they don’t want new taxes. At the same time, people say they want better, safer roads and functional mass transit systems in urban areas. They are willing to pay a reasonable sum for using these facilities. So it’s important to know how you are paying for what you want and need and what the labels mean. Read more