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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.

According to the PBC press release, Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems based in Exton and a member of the Pennsylvania Business Council Policy Roundtable said senior executives have been working for years to help policymakers understand the woeful state of Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure and the critical need for new funding dedicated to maintenance, repair, replacement and new capacity.

“Infrastructure in Pennsylvania is at a critical juncture. Despite the good work of Pennsylvania’s engineers, the design lifetimes and design capacities of our transportation assets have been too long exceeded. After years of political neglect, increased demand–and the imperative to make the most of the new opportunity for Pennsylvania to again become an economic leader in energy in the United States and the world—means we need this commitment to rebuild in Pennsylvania, combining the resources of the private sector with state and local government investment,” said Bentley. “The Commission provided strong guidance and a vision that has been embraced by PBC and now by Senator Jake Corman in this legislation.”

To read the entire press release, click here.

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