Government & Politics
3:30 am
Mon September 30, 2013

State House Leaders Prepare for Possible Transportation Funding Showdown

State House leaders are gearing up for a possible showdown on transportation funding as soon as this week.
    
The Republican Majority Leader has said he would bring the long-stymied funding bill up for a vote in his chamber.
    
PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said the governor would sign whatever can pass in the House, provided it doesn’t go below a $1.8 billion plan he offered earlier this year.

"I’ve met with leaders of both parties continuously for the last six months," Schoch said. "My message to them has not been any different, that I expect them to reconcile their differences and deliver a bill to the governor."

One question that remains is if a $2.5 billion version that passed overwhelmingly in the Senate could muster support, or if there would only be enough votes to pass a smaller figure.

Schoch said the Corbett administration still has concerns with the Senate’s plan, including certain fee increases and a $100 surcharge on moving violations.

A transportation funding plan stalled in the House in June as Republicans balked at tax and fee increases and Democrats insisted on more money for mass transit.