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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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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.

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Geist named PHIA Advocate of the Year

April 27, 2011 by · Comments Off on Geist named PHIA Advocate of the Year
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Rick Geist, an Altoona Republican and chair of the Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee, was honored as PHIA Advocate of the Year at the organization’s annual meeting.

The award is presented to individuals who have gone “above the call of duty” in pursuit of a better highway system.  Previous awards have gone to industry advocates from both the public and private sectors. 

Geist is one of the senior statesmen of the Pennsylvania House.  Now in his 17th consecutive two-year term, he has moved to the top of the seniority list among House Republicans.  He has served as Republican chair of the Transportation Committee for the last 16 years, which is half of his tenure in the General Assembly.  He’s the longest-serving majority chair of that committee in House history. Read more

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New Minority Chairman McGeehan Discusses Transportation Needs

January 20, 2011 by · Comments Off on New Minority Chairman McGeehan Discusses Transportation Needs
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Newly appointed minority House Transportation Chairman Mike McGeehan (D-Philadelphia) discusses the state of transportation in Pennsylvania.

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PA House Democrats elect new leaders

November 16, 2010 by · Comments Off on PA House Democrats elect new leaders
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House Transportation Chairman Markosek set to become Minority Appropriations Chairman

The House Democrat Caucus, which will be in the minority after controlling the House the past four years, conducted its leadership elections today as they embark on the 2011-12 legislative session. Below are the new leaders:

Leader: Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny)
Whip: Mike Hanna (D-Centre/Clinton)
Caucus Chair: Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny)
Caucus Secretary: Jennifer Mann (D-Lehigh)
Caucus Administrator: Ron Buxton (D-Dauphin)
Policy Chair: Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster)
Appropriations Chairman: Joe Markosek (D-Westmoreland)

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APC’s Bob Latham talks transportation

November 15, 2010 by · Comments Off on APC’s Bob Latham talks transportation
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Associated Pennsylvania Constructors’ Bob Latham discusses the state of transportation funding following the elections with PA Newsmakers host G. Terry Madonna.

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PA House Republicans elect new leaders

November 10, 2010 by · Comments Off on PA House Republicans elect new leaders
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Fresh off the elections that produced a likely 112 to 91 majority for the GOP in the state House, the party announced its new leadership team for the upcoming 2011-12 term.   The GOP–with its 112 members–is the highest majority they’ve enjoyed since the 1957 legislative session.  Below are the new leaders:

Speaker Designate: Sam Smith (R-Jefferson)
Leader: Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny)
Appropriations Chairman: Bill Adolph (R-Delaware)
Whip: Stan Saylor (R-York)
Caucus Chair: Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna)
Caucus Secretary: Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery)
Caucus Administrator: Dick Stevenson (R-Mercer)
Policy Chair: Dave Reed (R-Indiana)

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To be or not to be…that is the question

September 16, 2010 by · 2 Comments
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Two Pennsylvania House members have introduced legislation to address the Commonwealth’s transportation funding problem.

House Appropriations Chairman Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia) introduced a single bill that would generate an additional $1.3 billion annually for the Commonwealth’s highways and public transit agencies. Evans introduced the bill on behalf of Gov. Ed Rendell. Read more