The head of a state township association is praising the governor and legislature for approving increased transportation funding for Pennsylvania.
"Public safety and economic development are the winners, along with the people of Pennsylvania," declared David M. Sanko, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, in a news release.
Townships represent more residents — 5.5 million Pennsylvanians — than any other type of political subdivision in the state and cover 95 percent of its land mass, according to Sanko's association, which represents 1,454 second-class townships across the state.
Sanko continued: "We applaud Gov. Tom Corbett and those in the state legislature who voted yes for the passage of a critically needed transportation funding bill that will enable the commonwealth and its municipal partners to restore the structural integrity of the state’s road and bridge network.
"We thank all those who voted yes and the governor for his leadership in this hard-fought and necessary battle to make sure our roads and bridges are safe and the state’s infrastructure continues to be well-maintained into the future.
“After nearly two decades of stagnant funding, the legislature has taken the steps to provide the necessary resources to create a safe and reliable transportation system for our communities, our businesses, and our children.
“This legislation will now enable our member townships to do their part in making sure Pennsylvanians remain safe and economically competitive. We look forward to putting this badly needed funding to work on our local roads and bridges.”