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Act 89 vote shows little or no impact on legislative campaigns

August 4, 2014 by · Comments Off on Act 89 vote shows little or no impact on legislative campaigns
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Although the General Election still awaits, there is no sign that enactment of a transportation funding measure last year is having an impact on this year’s legislative campaign. PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner provides an update.

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Funding act supporters win re-nomination

May 29, 2014 by · Comments Off on Funding act supporters win re-nomination
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Transportation funding advocates are fond of noting that following the gas-tax increase of 1997, no incumbent who supported the increase lost his or her seat because of it.

This year – at least through the primary – the same holds true. Many incumbents who had previously supported Act 89, including Reps. Mark Keller, Stan Saylor, Mauree Gingrich, Patty Kim, Karen Boback, Margo Davidson and Seth Grove, won their party’s nomination fairly handily.

Rep. Ryan Aument, who also supported the funding act, was nominated for a vacant Senate seat. Kristen Phillips-Hill, running for a vacant House seat, defeated a tea party candidate to win the nomination.

Of the handful of incumbents who lost their bids for re-nomination and who supported Act 89, their vote clearly was not the main reason. Some are facing criminal charges, and one was thrown into a district with a fellow incumbent following legislative redistricting. Read more