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Transportation bill defeated

Published On: Nov 19 2013 05:00:15 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 19 2013 11:14:38 PM CST

Transportation bill defeated

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

A proposed fix for Pennsylvania's roads and bridges has sputtered out in Harrisburg.

Governor Tom Corbett was pushing for this plan, and while lawmakers agree that something needs to be done, the proposed plan wasn't convincing enough.

"Any measure of quality of Pennsylvania roads puts it very low in comparison to other states," said Dr. Chris Borick, Political Science Professor at Muhlenberg College.

The State House shot down a transportation funding bill Monday night by a vote of 103 to 98.

"A fairly even split among democrats and republicans in terms of their caucus," Dr. Borick said.

The bill would have raised gasoline taxes and a host of motorist fees to spend billions on roads, bridges and mass transit systems.

Dr. Chris Borick said its rejection puts Governor Tom Corbett, who's up for re-election next year, in a tough situation.

"He needs signatures on legislative accomplishments. But on the other hand if he does accomplish this, and the public is dissatisfied with some of increases, that might have a negative effect on him," Borick said.

Borick said he believes some lawmakers quiver at the thought of raising taxes, especially at a time when public opinion lingers near record lows, even at the state level.

"It's never popular to have any type of legislation that might raise the expenses of the public," Borick said.

Now, house democrats are pushing for a vote on their transportation funding plan but it's unlikely that any transportation measure will pass before 2015.