December 18, 2014

Critical Pa. transportation bill rejected

SEPTA_logo_150pxHARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania state House delivered a body blow Nov. 18 to hopes for a major transportation spending proposal in a test vote that raised doubts about whether any roads bill will pass this year.

The House voted 98-103 against a proposal to raise gasoline taxes and a host of motorists’ fees to spend billions on roads, bridges and mass transit systems.

The divided Republican majority produced just 59 votes and was only able to persuade 39 Democrats to join them — many from cities heavily served by mass transit. A reconsideration vote lost by an even wider margin.

Read more at Daily Times News.

Read related story from Nov. 15: SEPTA depending on passage of transportation bill.