$2.5B transportation bill passes Pennsylvania Senate
Gov. Corbett favors more modest $1.8B proposal
A bill designed to boost state spending on Pennsylvania's transportation systems by almost 50 percent has received resounding support from state senators.
The 45-5 vote Wednesday sent the bill to the House, where Republican leaders are skeptical of the $2.5 billion price tag.
Gov. Tom Corbett backs a more modest $1.8 billion proposal. Both plans rely primarily on increasing a wholesale gas tax by 28.5 cents a gallon and would give Pennsylvania among the nation's highest fuel tax rates.
Proponents say the money is badly needed, and that taxes haven't been raised in many years.
A Transportation Department spokesman said the agency can't provide a list of which projects would be completed with the money. Currently, about 20 percent of the state-maintained bridges and highways are in need of repair.
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