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Pa. House regroups, eyes transportation bill anew

November 20, 2013
Associated Press

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.



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