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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
Hours 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Monday)
1-800-770-2377

Cranesville Office (Thursdays Only)
Cranesville Borough Office
10195 John Williams Ave.
Cranesville, PA 16410
Phone: 1-800-770-2377
Hours 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Thursday)

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

Q & A - House Panel Reviews Roae Transportation Funding Proposal
11/16/2013
QUESTION: You wrote in July about a transportation funding bill you were introducing in the state House. Can you provide an update about that bill?

ANSWER: The state House Finance Committee this week held a hearing to gather testimony about my legislation – House Bill 1630 – that would provide additional funding for road and bridge repairs without raising taxes or implementing new taxes.

My bill would provide more than $8.6 billion for road and bridge repairs in its first decade by relying on sales tax revenue collected on vehicle purchases in the Commonwealth.

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue projects the Commonwealth will collect approximately $1.3 billion in sales tax revenue during the 2014-15 budget year based on vehicle sales in Pennsylvania.

My plan would begin in the 2014-15 state budget by transitioning 10 percent of that amount, or $130 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. Because vehicle prices are expected to increase and the number of sales may grow, the revenue generated by the sales tax on vehicles would more than double to $266 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. By that point, vehicle sales are projected to bring in approximately $1.7 billion in sales tax revenues.

The growing nature of sales tax revenues from vehicle purchases – rising from $1.3 billion in 2014-15 to $1.7 billion in 2023-24 – would provide a steadily increasing source of dollars to fix our roads and bridges without the need for new or increased taxes.

Other transportation funding proposals floating around the Capitol in Harrisburg would rely heavily on an increase in taxes that Pennsylvanians pay on the gasoline they purchase to operate their cars. However, recent advancements in the number of miles an automobile can travel on a single gallon of gas means drivers will be filling their gas tanks less often. The introduction of hybrid cars also has reduced the purchase of gasoline. While both of those are good for drivers, they mean the gasoline tax is less effective at generating revenue to pay for road and bridge repairs.

The other plans under consideration also would send millions of additional dollars to subsidize mass transit systems in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, while my proposal focuses solely on fixing roads and bridges across the entire Commonwealth.

My proposal includes no new or increased taxes, would provide a growing revenue source for road and bridge repairs and would force state lawmakers to make transportation funding a priority. I was pleased it was included in the House Finance Committee hearing and hope it will be considered as the Legislature looks for a workable solution to fix our roads and bridges.

Rep. Brad Roae
Q & A for 11-16-13
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