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Meadville District Office
900-920 Water Street
Downtown Mall
Meadville, PA  16335
Phone (814) 336-1136
Hours 8 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (M-F)

Fairview Office (Mondays Only)
Fairview Township Building
7471 McCray Rd., Fairview, PA
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Cranesville Borough Office
10195 John Williams Ave.
Cranesville, PA 16410
Phone: 1-800-770-2377
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Capitol Office
Hon. Brad Roae
162B East Wing
Harrisburg PA 17120-2006
Phone: (717) 787-2353
Fax: 717-782-2902

E-mail:
  broae@pahousegop.com

House Finance Committee Ponders Roae Transportation Funding Bill
11/12/2013
Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) on Tuesday presented information about his tax-free transportation funding proposal to the House Finance Committee, which held a hearing about his plan. 
HARRISBURG
– The state House Finance Committee today held a hearing to gather information about a bill introduced by Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) that would help Pennsylvania fix its failing roads and bridges without creating any new taxes or raising any existing taxes.

Roae’s House Bill 1630 would provide $6.6 billion for road and bridge repairs in its first decade by relying on sales tax revenue collected on vehicle purchases in the Commonwealth.

“My bill would provide additional money to fix roads and bridges without further burdening Pennsylvania taxpayers,” Roae said. “Taking care of the roads and bridges that make up our transportation infrastructure is a core function of government. We have a responsibility to fund that before spending money on lower priorities.”

The Commonwealth currently collects approximately $1.2 billion in sales tax revenue based on vehicle 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 vehicle sales would be used to fund road and bridge repairs.

“It makes sense to use the sales tax revenue from a car purchase to pay for repairs that will improve the roads and bridges necessary to drive the car,” Roae said. “It doesn’t make sense for sales tax revenues from the purchase of a car in Crawford County to be used to provide welfare benefits for someone in Philadelphia, which is what could be happening now.”

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.

The conservative-leaning Commonwealth Foundation and the liberal-leaning Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center both provided testimony at today’s hearing. A testifier from the Pennsylvania Automobile Association informed the committee the organization is neutral on Roae’s legislation.

Roae’s bill must be considered and approved by the House Finance Committee before it can be voted on by the full state House of Representatives.

Copies of Roae’s testimony from today’s hearing as well as a series of informational charts he provided are available on his website at www.RepRoae.com by visiting the “press releases” section under the “news/photos/videos” link on the left-hand side and finding this news release.

Roae’s testimony from the hearing

Representative Brad Roae
6th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Dan Massing
717.772.9845
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