Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett: Senate transportation bill needs trimming

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.

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