Transportation Bill Gaining Ground In Pa

09.24.13 | Bob Price

A $2.5 billion proposal to raise taxes and fees to fund improvements to Pennsylvania's highways, bridges and mass transit systems may soon get a vote in the state House, two months after it stalled during lawmakers' budget negotiations. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, speaking at a Pennsylvania Press Club appearance on Monday, said  that he was working toward scheduling some type of vote, and that it was likely to happen in the near future. Turzai said the vote was being planned at the request of Gov. Tom Corbett. The Legislature left Harrisburg in early July without passing three of the governor's top agenda items: increasing gas taxes to improve transportation systems, privatizing the sale of wine and spirits and changing the state's major public employee pension systems.