PHIA NEWS DIGEST

PHIA News Digest – Vol. 6, No. 48

December 7, 2021

Revenue Department releases November collections

In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $253.1 million for the month, $4.7 million above estimate. Fiscal year-to-date collections for the fund – which include the commonly known gas and diesel taxes, as well as other license, fine and fee revenues – total $1.2 billion, which is $47.1 million, or 4.0 percent, above estimate.

State senator seeks to bring back Turnpike toll workers

Sen. Marty Flynn, D-Scranton, said his plan stems from the amount of tolls — $104 million – that went uncollected on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the past year.

At the PhilaPort, long-term problems and short-term staffing issues collide

Trucking and marine shipping experts say labor shortages and infrastructure issues are partially hampering the flow of goods in and out of Pennsylvania.

Phony budgets bring us infrastructure woes

I’ve argued the biggest reason for this mess, for our roads and bridges consistently ranked among the nation’s worst, is our government’s consistent refusal to fix it. But it’s shoddier than that. It’s deliberate misuse of funding to fix it.

How will Pa. use infrastructure money?

Tuesday’s Smart Talk focuses on Pennsylvania’s infrastructure needs and projects and how the money will be spent. Appearing on the program are Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Patrick McDonnell, Larry Shifflet, Deputy Secretary for Planning with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Cathy Farrell, Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Report Card produced by the American Society of Civil Engineers, and Gene Barr, CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.

PennDOT to display plans online for I-70, Laurel Valley projects

The I-70 plans will be available at i-70projects.com from 5 p.m. Wednesday through 5 p.m. Dec. 17. The website will contain project design details, with visitors able to provide feedback and sign on to a project contact list.

 

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