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Transportation bill passes in the house

Transportation bill passes in the house

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania state House has salvaged a major transportation spending proposal just one day after it was voted down.

The measure passed Tuesday night by a vote of 106 to 95.

The proposal would raise gasoline taxes and numerous motorist fees to raise billions for roads, bridges and mass transit.

The bill now heads to the state Senate, where the session starts Wednesday at 11 a.m.

The proposal is supported by Gov. Tom Corbett and would raise gasoline taxes and numerous motorist fees to spend $2.3 billion a year extra on roads, bridges and mass transit systems.

That's nearly half of what the state spends now.

In the House, the bill passed despite objections from conservatives that it'd be the second-largest tax increase in Pennsylvania history.

About $1.7 million annually would go toward highway and bridge construction, while mass transit agencies would get nearly $500 million.

Meanwhile, tens of millions of dollars more would go toward discretionary accounts controlled by lawmakers and the transportation secretary.


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