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Hon. Brad Roae
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Harrisburg PA 17120-2006
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  broae@pahousegop.com

Roae to Introduce Tax-Free Transportation Funding Bill
7/22/2013

Proposal would provide $6.6 billion for roads and bridges in first decade;
$1.7 billion or more each year after

MEADVILLE – Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) today announced he plans to introduce legislation that would help Pennsylvania fix its failing roads and bridges without raising any new taxes.  His bill would provide $6.6 billion for road and bridge repairs in its first decade by relying on sales tax revenue collected on automobile purchases in the Commonwealth.

“My plan would set aside this existing revenue source to fund road and bridge repairs,” Roae said.  “We can fix our roads and bridges using a tax we already collect.  We don’t need and Pennsylvanians can’t afford a tax hike to pay for our transportation system.”

The Commonwealth currently collects approximately $1.2 billion in sales tax revenue based on automobile sales in Pennsylvania.

Roae’s bill would begin in the 2014-15 state budget by transitioning 10 percent of that amount, or $120 million, from the state budget – where it currently goes – to the state Motor License Fund, which is used to pay for road and bridge repairs.

In 2015-16, the amount would be increased to 20 percent, or $240 million.  The amount would continue to increase by 10 percent each year until, in the 2023-24 fiscal year, 100 percent of the sales tax revenue generated from automobile sales would be used to fund road and bridge repairs.

“This is a tax-free way to fix our roads and bridges without adding any additional burden to Pennsylvania families or businesses,” Roae said.  “My proposal would ensure that existing tax dollars paid by automobile drivers go to pay for the upkeep of our roads and bridges.”

The $120 million that would be moved from the state General Fund in the first year represents approximately four-tenths of 1 percent of the current $28.4 billion state budget.

“I think state government should be able to live on 99.6 percent of its current budget in order to fix our roads and bridges,” Roae said.  “If you asked most Pennsylvanians whether they’d prefer to pay more in taxes or force state government to trim 0.4 percent of its budget to pay for roads and bridges, I believe most people would think it is reasonable to expect Harrisburg to do more with less.”

Representative Brad Roae
6th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Dan Massing
717.772.9845
dmassing@pahousegop.com
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