Highway bill could get vote next week
HARRISBURG (AP) — The leader of the Republican majority in the Pennsylvania House says it’s possible there may be a vote next week on a bill to fund highways, bridges and mass transit systems.
House Majority Leader Mike Turzai of Allegheny County told reporters on Wednesday that many state lawmakers think it’s time to deal with the issue, one way or another.
Turzai says he’s already postponed votes three times at the request of Gov. Tom Corbett.
The Senate passed a $2.5 billion-a-year bill this summer, but it’s been stalled in the House, partly over objections to the gas tax increase the bill would require and how much money would go to mass transit agencies.
Another major issue is whether to roll back a law setting minimum wages on some state-funded transportation projects.