Transportation
7:35 am
Fri September 21, 2012

PA Auditor General Wants Legislature To Focus On Transportation Issues

Jack Wagner has been traveling throughout the commonwealth since last fall, pointing out bridges that are sometimes actually crumbling.

Now Pennsylvania's Auditor General is sending a DVD of the television coverage of his stops in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Scranton to labor and industry groups to support his call for lawmakers to pass legislation funding road and bridge repairs.

Wagner says he hopes they help him lobby state lawmakers.  

“The General Assembly is coming back into session next week and it is our hope that this issue will be moved up in terms of its priority in the fall session,” said Wagner. “There is no public safety issue here in Pennsylvania that’s more important than addressing our infrastructure problems.”

Governor Corbett has not indicated passing a funding bill is on the to-do list this fall with only eight voting days remaining before the November sixth election.  But Wagner isn'’t giving up hope.

“Opinions can change and it happens all the time.  And that’s really why I’m doing this today and why I’m still optimistic that something can happen,” said Wagner.

Last summer, a governor-appointed panel came up with a variety of legislative recommendations for finding additional funding to fix up the state’s roads, bridges, and transit systems.  One of the suggestions was an increase in the state tax on gasoline.  A year later no action has been taken on any of the recommendations.