Pa Transportation Bill Stalls

11.19.13 | Bob Price

The Republican-controlled House has defeated a nearly 2-and-a-half billion dollar transportation package to fix Pennsylvania's crumbling roads and bridges and bolster mass transit. Transportation funding is a top priority for Gov. Tom Corbett and the bill failed by just 5 votes in the GOP-controlled House.  Lawmakers are uncertain if they’ll bring the measure up again this session.  Opponents argue the legislation would make Pennsylvania motorists pay the highest gas tax in the nation.  Supporters say the states’ crumbling infrastructure needs to be addressed.  Pennsylvania has the most structurally deficient bridges of any state in the country.  Under the plan, gas prices would increase almost 30 cents a gallon over 5 years to pay for highway construction projects.