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A summary of the $2.3B Pa. transportation bill

November 20, 2013
Associated Press

HOW IT AFFECTS YOUR WALLET: After tax and fee increases take full effect in five years, gas taxes could go up by as much as 28.5 cents per gallon at the pump, based on the average wholesale price in use for 2013, while drivers would pay more for licenses, registration and some traffic violations. Pennsylvania could have one of the highest, if not the highest, gas tax rates in the nation.

WHAT YOU'LL SEE: More construction signs. PennDOT eventually will have more than $2.3 billion extra annually, an increase of approximately 40 percent, to spend on road, bridge and mass transit projects. The Pennsylvania State Transportation Advisory Committee identified a $3.5 billion spending shortfall in 2010, and estimated it would grow to $7.2 billion in 2020.

THE ARGUMENT FOR IT: The money will protect public safety, because without extra money Pennsylvania faces a growing number of bridges in need of repairs. They also say it will provide employment for tens of thousands of people, shorten commutes, reduce road damage to vehicles and make the state more competitive economically.

WHAT OPPONENTS SAY: The tax increase is both unnecessary and unaffordable and a provision that will exempt some projects from wage requirements will force down workers' pay.



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