The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 18, 2013

State lawmakers face decision on transportation bill

By Mark Scolforo
The Associated Press

— HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania state lawmakers are back in Harrisburg, facing a decision on a major transportation funding bill.

The state House returns to session Monday afternoon with plans to determine which proposal, if any, can garner enough support to make it out of the chamber.

The Republican majority has produced competing approaches, one that would eventually generate more than $2.3 billion annually, the other a scaled down, $1 billion-a-year proposal.

House Democrats have an alternative that’s nearly identical to the $2.3 billion amendment but doesn’t include its new limits on the types of local road projects subject to “prevailing wage” minimum pay requirements for public works contracts.

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is pressing for action on transportation funding, and the state Senate this summer voted overwhelmingly for a $2.5 billion-a-year approach.

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