Pennsylvania lawmakers face decision on transportation bill

Posted: 11:02 AM EST Nov 18, 2013   Updated: 2:11 PM EST Nov 18, 2013
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is telling state lawmakers "the time is now" to approve a major funding bill for Pennsylvania's roads, bridges and mass transit agencies.

Corbett appeared at a state Capitol rotunda rally Monday, because the state House may soon vote on a proposal to pump billions into transportation projects and related needs.

He appeared with the Republican sponsor of a plan to generate more than $2.3 billion by increasing gasoline taxes as well as a host of fees and other revenues collected by the state transportation department.

There are competing proposals in the House, including a Democratic alternative that doesn't include new limits on the types of local road projects subject to "prevailing wage" minimum pay requirements for public works contracts.