Funding Bill Rally Tuesday
coalition of business groups, labor, and government officials rallied at the
State Capitol on Tuesday to strongly urge the House of Representatives to
approve Senate Bill 1, a $2 ½ billion transportation funding bill that passed
the Senate earlier this year.
rally was organized by a coalition of business groups including the
Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and the Pennsylvania Business Council, the
Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and other labor organizations, and local government and
community leaders from across the commonwealth.
joint business/labor/government leaders said to be economically competitive and
create jobs now and in the future, Pennsylvania needs a comprehensive
transportation funding program that addresses all modes of transportation
including highways, bridges, mass transit systems, ports, and airports.
urging the House of Representatives to approve Senate Bill 1, which would
increase transportation funding by $2 ½ billion over several years. They said Pennsylvania needs an adequate and
long-term funding solution, not a short-term band-aid.
Bill 1, which passed the Senate on a vote of 45-5 earlier this year, is stalled
in the House of Representatives although the House Republican Leader recently
said that he may try to get an up or down vote on the legislation in the near
Wozniak, Fontana and Smith said in the meantime another highway construction
season has been lost, Pennsylvania’s job picture and economy are suffering, and
PennDOT is now placing new weight limit restrictions on some 1,000
deteriorating bridges across the state.