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Pennsylvania lawmakers face decision on transportation bill

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 18 2013 10:02:10 AM CST
Updated On: Nov 18 2013 01:11:55 PM CST
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Randy Kraft

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is telling state lawmakers "the time is now" to approve a major funding bill for Pennsylvania's roads, bridges and mass transit agencies.

Corbett appeared at a state Capitol rotunda rally Monday, because the state House may soon vote on a proposal to pump billions into transportation projects and related needs.

He appeared with the Republican sponsor of a plan to generate more than $2.3 billion by increasing gasoline taxes as well as a host of fees and other revenues collected by the state transportation department.

There are competing proposals in the House, including a Democratic alternative that doesn't include new limits on the types of local road projects subject to "prevailing wage" minimum pay requirements for public works contracts.