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Roae Votes Against Transportation Tax Hike Proposal Defeated in House
HARRISBURG – Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) on Monday night voted against a transportation tax hike bill, joining a bipartisan majority of his colleagues to defeat the measure in the state House.

“Pennsylvanians simply cannot afford to continue paying more and more for government,” Roae said. “Before going to taxpayers with their hand out for more money, lawmakers have a responsibility to ensure the money it already collects is sensibly being used.”

The transportation funding proposal, which was offered as an amendment to House Bill 106, would have led to a 28-cent increase in the taxes on gasoline that Pennsylvanians pay at the pump.

It also would have hiked vehicle registration fees, driver’s license fees and other charges related to traffic tickets.

The tax and fee increases were anticipated to drain more than $7 billion out of the pockets of drivers and other residents during the next five years.

Roae hopes the failure of the transportation tax hike proposal will spur more interest in his tax-hike-free transportation funding legislation.

Roae’s House Bill 1630 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 tax revenue from vehicle purchases – estimated to be approximately $1.3 billion during the 2014-15 budget year – currently goes into the state’s General Fund budget. Roae’s bill would begin in the 2014-15 state budget by transitioning 10 percent of that amount, or $130 million, to the state Motor License Fund. 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.

“Car prices go up each year, so the sales tax revenue from vehicle purchases would rise with inflation,” Roae said. “My bill would provide a tax-hike-free way to pay for road and bridge repairs without further burdening Pennsylvanians.”

Representative Brad Roae
6th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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