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Pa. House regroups, OKs $2.3B transportation bill

November 20, 2013
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania state House salvaged a major transportation spending proposal and approved it in a key vote a night after narrowly defeating it.

The House's 104-95 vote Tuesday was a test of support for the Republican-sponsored measure that is backed by Gov. Tom Corbett. The proposal would raise gasoline taxes and numerous motorist fees to spend billions on roads, bridges and mass transit systems.

The state Senate could take it up in the coming days.

It passed despite a provision in it to roll back wage requirements on some highway projects that had riled House Democratic leaders.

The House Republican majority also was divided over a tax increase that conservatives call the second-largest in Pennsylvania's history. Proponents say there's wide consensus on the need to spend more on Pennsylvania's aging transportation infrastructure.



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