HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans who control the Pennsylvania state House of Representatives are regrouping after the narrow defeat of a $2.3 billion transportation funding plan that's supported by Gov. Tom Corbett.
Debate began anew Tuesday evening in the House after a day of Corbett's staff and Speaker Sam Smith trying to find a way to win its passage. A vote was expected.
The Republican majority was divided over concerns about a tax increase that conservatives call the second-largest in Pennsylvania's history, and the House's initial rejection Monday night had raised doubts whether a transportation measure can pass the Legislature before 2015.
Democratic minority leaders wanted a vote on their nearly identical plan. But Smith refused because it lacked a provision to roll back wage requirements on some highway projects, which Democratic leaders oppose.