Democrats' Fall Legislative Priorities
26, 2013- Howard Ondick
the state Senate isnít scheduled to return to Harrisburg for another month,
Senate Democrats already have their legislative priorities set for the fall
legislative session. They include two
major pieces of unfinished business from the summer session which ended June
Costa says the top priority is passing a comprehensive transportation funding
bill that includes funding for road and bridge repairs, mass transit, and makes
improvements to Pennsylvaniaís airports, railroads and ports.
Costa says right behind transportation is passing legislation to use money from
the Federal Affordable Care Act to expand the stateís Medicaid Program to some
half-million residents who do not have health care insurance because their
employer does not provide it or they cannot afford to pay for it on their own.
Costa says approving both transportation and Medicaid will help create some
100,000 jobs statewide, including about 60,000 transportation-related jobs and
40,000 health care-related jobs.
Democratic Leader in the Pennsylvania Senate says he hopes the governor learned
from this summerís lack of accomplishments, that itís better to work with
lawmakers on both sides of the aisle rather than trying to work around legislators.
The Senate and the House of Representatives are scheduled to return to Harrisburg
on September 23rd.