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Auditor General Jack Wagner continues push for comprehensive infrastructure solution

September 20, 2012 by · Comments Off on Auditor General Jack Wagner continues push for comprehensive infrastructure solution
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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.

 

 

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The cost of doing nothing

August 7, 2012 by · 2 Comments
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August 1 marked the one-year anniversary of the completion of the Transportation Funding Advisory Commission’s (TFAC) work and the submission of its recommendations to Governor Corbett.

Despite the introduction of legislation that embodied the TFAC recommendations, the issue still awaits the leadership of the governor, who one year later has not identified which funding measures he will support.

Much of the information in the TFAC report was gleaned from a 2010 study by the Pennsylvania State Transportation Advisory Committee.  That report was the basis for identifying the state’s transportation funding gap, set then at $3.5 billion per year and accepted by virtually everyone involved in the funding issue. Read more

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Public-Private Partnership Legislation Set to Become Law

July 2, 2012 by · Comments Off on Public-Private Partnership Legislation Set to Become Law
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The following article is provided by the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors:

As the General Assembly scrambled to complete the state budget before the June 30 constitutional deadline, a flurry of late night actions were taken before they adjourned for a summer recess. One of those measures affecting the industry was the final passage of House Bill 3, which will pave the way for a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) law in Pennsylvania for transportation projects. The measure unanimously passed the Senate (49-0) but was more contentious in the House (117-79). The measure is now awaiting signature of Governor Corbett who indicated that he planned to sign it, possibly as early as today. Read more

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Reaction to Gov. Corbett’s budget address

February 8, 2012 by · Comments Off on Reaction to Gov. Corbett’s budget address
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Gov. Tom Corbett made prominent mention of transportation funding in his budget address on Tuesday.  While asserting that transportation funding transcends the budget process, he said the issue is one of his top priorities.  The Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition, of which PHIA is a member, issued this reaction.  Click here to read the statement.

 

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2011 in review: Still no transportation funding

December 21, 2011 by · Comments Off on 2011 in review: Still no transportation funding
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If your holiday wish is to see some action on the transportation funding issue, I’m afraid you should expect coal under your tree this year. Below is commentary provided by PHIA on the transportation funding effort as 2011 closes with an industry facing an uncertain future.

Veterans of the transportation construction industry are not exaggerating when they tell you that efforts to establish steady, sustainable, comprehensive funding sources for highways and public transit have been underway for decades.

A year ago, there were reasons for great optimism that 2011 was shaping up to be the year that a comprehensive funding solution, finally, could occur: Read more

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Joint transportation committee hears TFAC update

September 27, 2011 by · Comments Off on Joint transportation committee hears TFAC update
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Members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate transportation committees opened a joint hearing Tuesday to be briefed on the recommendations of Gov. Tom Corbett’s Transportation Funding Advisory Commission (TFAC).

PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch opened with an update on the damage caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, then followed with a summary of the TFAC report. Much of his focus was on various “modernization” initiatives that PennDOT already has begun to undertake.

He also laid out the reasoning behind the recommended lifting of the cap on the Oil Company Franchise Tax, explaining that unlike some previous funding proposals all transportation system users, including those who are not Pennsylvania residents, would share the burden equitably. Read more

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Patriot-News editorial calls for funding support

September 16, 2011 by · Comments Off on Patriot-News editorial calls for funding support
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Those who attended PHIA’s annual meeting in April may recall that the Harrisburg Patriot-News was recognized for its insightful editorials supporting a transportation funding solution.

The Patriot-News editorial of Sept. 16 shows unwavering support for crafting a solution to this dilemma.  To read the editorial, click here.

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Funding recommendations presented to governor

August 4, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Gov. Tom Corbett’s Transportation Funding Advisory Committee this week presented the governor with recommendations that eventually would raise an additional $2.5 billion annually for the transportation needs of PennDOT, local governments and public transit agencies.  It also contains a number of modernization recommendations aimed at ensuring that PennDOT funds are spent as efficiently as possible.

The cost to a typical motorist – someone who drives 12,000 miles per year in a car that gets 20 miles to the gallon – would be only 70 cents per week in the first year, growing to about $2.50 per week by the fifth year.

A copy of the entire report is available by clicking here.

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Initial reaction to funding plan: thumbs up

July 22, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Governor Corbett’s Transportation Funding Advisory Commission will present the governor with its recommendations on Aug. 1, but the initial reaction among newspapers around the state has been very positive so far.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (click here), Harrisburg Patriot-News (click here), and Scranton Times-Tribune (click here) quickly and enthusiastically endorsed the commission’s recommendations and urged Corbett to get behind them.  Adoption of the funding plan will require action by the General Assembly, as well as the governor’s support.

The recommendations would eventually raise an additional $2.7 billion per year, at a weekly cost to a typical motorist of only 70 cents the first year and about $2.50 the third year – less than the cost of a gallon of gas per week, as noted by PennDOT Secretary/Commission Chair Barry Schoch.

Details regarding the commission’s meetings, including funding scenarios, are available at www.tfac.pa.gov.