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Baker, Major, Boback Support Investment in Area Roads, Bridges
11/22/2013
HARRISBURG – Citing the significant deterioration of roads and bridges across the region, Reps. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) and Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) and Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne/Monroe/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) voted this week on a bipartisan plan to invest more money in the state’s transportation infrastructure.

“Pennsylvania relies on fuel and use taxes to fund our highway maintenance and construction, which means those who use the roads and bridges are responsible for their costs,” the legislators explained. “We have listened to the thousands of complaints we’ve heard about the roads not being properly maintained, about the additional expenses businesses are incurring because of detours around closed and weight-restricted bridges, and about the repair costs associated with substandard road conditions.”

“The package represents a considerable investment in the future, for economic progress and for public safety, and clears the way for action on more of our transportation priorities in this area over the coming years,” Baker said. “While I understand and appreciate that many people do not want to pay any more in taxes and fees, our transportation needs are too large and too serious to delay action any longer. The variety of funding sources utilized should work to reduce the eventual impact on the price of gas at the pump.”

The bulk of the revenue will be generated by a change in the way the state’s gasoline is taxed. Specifically, the bill eliminates the current 12-cent flat tax consumers pay at the pump and instead moves fully to the Oil Company Franchise Tax (OCFT), which is paid by oil companies at the wholesale level. The change will be phased in over the next five years.


The plan also helps our communities with their responsibilities to repair local roads and bridges.

“An efficient transportation system is vital to the health of our state and local economies,” Major said. “This investment will provide increased funding to our local governments for road and bridge projects and dedicated funding needed for dirt and gravel roads. However, at its core, the primary reason for addressing our deteriorating transportation system is to better ensure the safety of our motoring public.”

“Public safety is a core function of government and, the fact is, many rural roads in my district were merely bandaged after the damage seen from the remnants of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee,” Boback said. “In at least one case, pieces of concrete from a crumbling bridge have actually fallen to the roadway below. I’ve taken calls from parents this week who are very concerned about the safety of their children who ride school buses over these dilapidated roads every day. In the 21st century, this problem is unacceptable. I didn’t create this problem, but I was elected to fix it. The beauty of this effort is that both Republicans and Democrats alike came together, in both the House and Senate, to address this very serious issue.” 
 
House Bill 1060 is awaiting the governor’s signature.

Senator Lisa Baker
20th District
The Senate of Pennsylvania

Media Contact: Jen Wilson (570) 675-3931

Representative Sandra Major
111th District
Representative Karen Boback
117th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Tricia Lehman (717) 772-9840
Nick Ruffner (717) 260-6258
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