Benninghoff Helps House Pass Bipartisan Transportation Funding Bill
11/21/2013
HARRISBURG – Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) voted for a bill that was passed by the Senate on Wednesday, approved today by the state House with bipartisan support and would provide enhanced funding to repair roads and bridges across Pennsylvania.

“Our more than 40,000 miles of roads and approximately 25,000 bridges need to be fixed,” Benninghoff said. “The only question is when to do it. The longer the state waits, the more it will cost taxpayers. That’s why I joined my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find a responsible, dedicated funding source to fix and maintain Pennsylvania’s roads and bridges.”

House Bill 1060 would eliminate the state’s tax on gasoline that is currently applied at the pump. The bill would lift a cap on a tax charged to oil companies and applied to the wholesale price of gasoline. The removal of the cap would result in a 9-cent difference.

The legislation’s investment in roads and bridges as well as trains and bus systems could generate up to 50,000 new jobs in the Commonwealth.

“This plan will create jobs at a time when Pennsylvania desperately needs them,” Benninghoff said. “These investments will ripple through the economy, creating jobs in other sectors of the market. At the same time, fixing our roads and bridges will enable workers to reach their jobs and goods and services to be delivered to customers. Our transportation infrastructure is the foundation of our Commonwealth’s economy.”

The bill calls for modifications to vehicle registration fees, the price of a driver’s license and the cost associated with certain traffic tickets. Vehicle registration and driver’s license fees have not been changed since the late 1990s.

“We found a way to work together to fix our roads and bridges without putting the cost on future generations by running up billions of dollars in new debt,” Benninghoff said.

The bill now heads to the governor to be signed into law.

Representative Kerry Benninghoff
171st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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