John Rafferty en State Transportation Funding Bill Chugs Along <p>A $2.5 billion transportation funding bill that would increase vehicle fees, moving violation fines, and lift the cap on a tax that could lead to higher gas prices has gained a key state Senate committee’s approval.<br><br>Money raised from the measure would be used to repair Pennsylvania’s aging roads and bridges, as well as mass transit, ports, and bicycle lane planning.<br> Tue, 07 May 2013 20:47:57 +0000 Mary Wilson 9142 at $2.5 Billion Transportation Plan Gets Support from State Senate GOP <p>The chairman of the state Senate Transportation Committee is introducing a plan that would hike motorist fees and some traffic ticket surcharges as a way of coming up with $2.5 billion for transportation infrastructure.<br><br>The measure marks the first legislative follow-up to the governor’s $1.8 billion funding plan, which many in industry and the legislature deemed to be too small.<br><br>But Republican Sen. John Rafferty of Montgomery County is giving Gov. Tom Corbett credit for taking the first step to roll out a funding proposal in the first place.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:30:18 +0000 Mary Wilson 7958 at Transportation Bill's Author Severs Ties with Senate Dems on Liquor <p>The long-awaited legislative follow-up to the governor’s own transportation funding plan is expected to be announced Tuesday.</p><p>Transportation Committee Republican Chair John Rafferty has been working on the issue for months, insisting that it won’t be a victim of what legislators refer to as linkage – trading votes on one issue for support on another.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:01:47 +0000 Mary Wilson 7916 at