HARRISBURG, Pa. - A $2.5 billion transportation funding plan approved by the state Senate will likely be trimmed, Gov. Tom Corbett said Monday.
The Republican governor noted the plan approved last week in a lopsided bipartisan vote is costlier than what he's seeking. Corbett has proposed a $1.8 billion annual increase.
Corbett said he doesn't think the Senate bill will make it to his desk in its present form and predicted a compromise with the House would fall somewhere between those numbers. The House has yet to take up the issue.
Both proposals rely mainly on gradually increasing a wholesale gas tax by 28.5 cents a gallon over several years, giving Pennsylvania among the nation's highest fuel tax rates.
Debate on the 2013-14 state budget is expected to open Monday in the House.
Republican lawmakers are using budget hearings to question Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's assumptions for revenue from a minimum wage increase and a new tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production.Read More »
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