News

Auditor General Jack Wagner continues push for comprehensive infrastructure solution

September 20, 2012

State Auditor General Jack Wagner has compiled a DVD video outlining the state’s crumbling infrastructure in an effort to push for the state to address the ongoing transportation  funding crisis.  Wagner said that the General Assembly and the Corbett Administration need to make passage of a comprehensive transportation and infrastructure bill their number one priority this fall.

Wagner said that the passage of such legislation would make the Commonwealth’s roads and bridges safer as well as put thousands of people back to work.

To read the text of the press release and view the DVD video, click here.

 

 

News

Gas tax running toward empty

September 19, 2012

Nearly everyone seems to agree that the federal and state consumption taxes on fuel are becoming obsolete, but solutions are not easy to come by.  The federal gas tax hasn’t been raised since 1993, and the state tax since 1997.  Meanwhile, improved fuel efficiency, hybrids, alternate fuel vehicles and inflation have sliced the tax revenue and its buying power considerably, and consumption taxes in general are at odds with federal energy policy.  Here’s a menu of options, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal.  Click here to read the article.

 

Facts & Figures

2011-12 Motor License Fund Revenues Chart

September 14, 2012

A snapshot from where PA gets its highway funds.

 

 

Facts & Figures

2011-12 Motor License Fund Expenditures Chart

September 14, 2012

Here’s a snapshot of how PA spends it highway dollars:

 

 

News

PennDOT puts out $192 million worth of projects in August

September 5, 2012

The state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) bid slightly over $192.5 million in projects in August bringing the year-to-date total to $1.469 billion.   At this same point in 2011, PennDOT had bid $1.062 billion. 

PennDOT recently revised its 2012 letting forecast to $1.8–$2 billion.  The department initially forecasted a 2012 letting of $1.5 billion.  Deputy Secretary Scott Christie said that the upward revision is a result of additional monies realized from project close outs, 2011-12 winter savings and continued savings from an extremely competitive bidding market.  He cautioned, however, Read more