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State FY 2016-17 Budget Finalized

July 18, 2016

Provision added to begin phase down and cap of highway funds to the State Police

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Last week, the General Assembly finally adopted the supplemental revenue and tax bills to finalize the state budget process for the 2016-17 fiscal year.  In those bills, a provision was added that will slowly phase down the amount of money going from the Motor License Fund (MLF) to the Pennsylvania State Police for its operations.

Senate leadership Inserted into the fiscal code language that would cap the amount of money diverted in this fiscal year for state police operations at $802 million.  The funding will then decrease-starting in 2017-18’s budget-at an annual rate of 4% over the next 10 years until it reaches a cap of $500 million.  

Good News:
For the first time, we have statutory language to cap and begin phasing down the amount of money going from the highway construction and maintenance program to the State Police.  The General Assembly will be obligated to find any future increases in State Police funding from the General Fund or other revenue streams.

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Events, News

Lancaster Transportation Funding Issue Briefing July 25

July 13, 2016

TRANSFUNDBRIEF (002)PHIA members in the Lancaster area are cordially invited to a Transportation Funding Issue Briefing, sponsored by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry July 25 at 10 a.m. at Lancaster Airport.

There is no cost to attend; however, registration is preferred. To register, Click Here or contact Sarah Maser at 717.397.3531.

Finding solutions and opportunities for Lancaster County’s transportation and infrastructure needs continues to be critical to both local business and economic success. PennDOT Deputy Secretary Jim Ritzman will join regional transportation experts in a panel discussion of what’s been done and what’s on the horizon relating to Act 89, as well as transportation policy for the future. The discussion will be moderated by PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. Other sponsors are Sable Commercial Realty and Southern Airways Express.

Don’t miss your chance to learn how Lancaster County will benefit from the $2.3 to $2.4 billion funding being allocated over five years. Register today!

 

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PennDOT Lets $240 Million in Projects in June

July 6, 2016

NEW_PENNDOTPennDOT let over $240 million projects during the month of June. With this letting, PennDOT has bid a total of $1.335 billion in 2016 to date. At this same point last year, PennDOT bid a total of $1.421 billion. The official 2015 year-end total was $2.594 billion just shy of PennDOT’s $2.6 billion forecast. PennDOT reported at the annual meeting of the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC) that 2016 lettings are expected to be $2.4 billion.

With the 2013 enactment of the transportation funding bill (Act 89) there is reason to see increased lettings. Act 89, which will implement a $2.3 billion comprehensive transportation funding plan over the next five years, will result in PennDOT exceeding the $2 billion construction lettings mark for years to come.

As in year’s past, PHIA will continue to track contract lettings on a monthly basis.

To view the full June letting report and year comparisons, click the link below.

June Letting Report* (PDF)

*The report lists the total contracts awarded at each letting date, a comparison to the same period in the previous calendar year, and letting adjustments made since the previous month. PHIA staff will track PennDOT lettings throughout the year and provide monthly update.

 

 

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PHIA helps to shine spotlight on Act 89 benefits

June 30, 2016

ACT89ABSTRACTAmong our goals for PHIA this year is to raise the organization’s profile and strengthen its reputation as “the go-to source” for information about transportation issues.

We were pleased this week to coordinate and participate in a Harrisburg news conference featuring PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards. The news conference was held to provide an update of where things stand with Act 89 in advance of a series of regional events we’re sponsoring to promote the benefits of the transportation funding measure enacted in 2013.

Secretary Richards began by recapping the progress that has been made because of Act 89. The measure enabled PennDOT to award $2.5 billion in construction projects last year, and an estimated $2.4 billion this year. Without Act 89, the awards would have totaled only about $1.5 billion per year. Read more

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Automated Work Zone Enforcement Advances in the Senate

June 23, 2016

600600p472EDNmain1155Senate 4Senate Bill 840, sponsored by Senator David Argall (R-Berks), which creates a pilot program for automated camera enforcement in work zones, passed unanimously out of Senate Appropriations Committee last night.

Before passage, the committee adopted two amendments to SB 840: first, Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) introduced an amendment to direct the revenue from tickets to the Motor License Fund; second, Senator Argall made some technical changes to the language. Both amendments were adopted unanimously.

The bill would create a five year, sun-setting pilot program for automated enforcement systems on interstate highways during active work times. The highways must be under the jurisdiction of PennDOT or the Turnpike Commission, and enforcement zones will be noted at least twice before a driver enters the work zone. The bill also mandates that the Secretary of Transportation and the Chairman of the Turnpike Commission post a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin before a new speed enforcement system is operational. Read more

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