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900-920 Water Street
Downtown Mall
Meadville, PA  16335
Phone (814) 336-1136
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7471 McCray Rd., Fairview, PA
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Cranesville, PA 16410
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Hon. Brad Roae
151 East Wing
Harrisburg PA 17120-2006
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Roae says PA can Fund Transportation Without New Taxes
5/5/2010

Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) today issued the following statement following Gov. Ed Rendell’s address before a joint session of the General Assembly on Tuesday where he officially convened a special session to deal solely with transportation issues: 

“I agree with having a special session on transportation.  But the focus should be on cutting wasteful state spending and redirecting that money into road and bridge repairs.  The focus should not be on raising taxes and fees. 

“The state General Fund budget has grown by 40 percent in the last eight years.  If the state budget was cut by 2 percent, it would still represent a significant increase from the 2003 spending level.  That 2 percent could be transferred to the transportation budget to replace all the money that would have come from tolling Interstate 80.  Several laws would need to be changed to do this, but it is better than increasing taxes. 

“State funding for highways and bridges and mass transit would have been approximately $6.3 billion if I-80 tolling had been approved.  Without federal permission to toll, PennDOT still will have approximately $5.8 billion for these needs.  The department can still do more than 90 percent of everything it was going to do.  You cannot fix everything all at once in this economic climate. 

“Some slot machine tax revenue is used for economic development projects, like the several hundred million dollars used for the Philadelphia Convention Center.  The state could use future funding from that pot of money to fix roads and bridges.  The Philadelphia-based mass transit agency – SEPTA – gets a $665 million-a-year government subsidy and the passengers only pay $467 million a year.  We need to look at that and see if SEPTA could raise fares from $2 up to $3 and do without a couple hundred million dollars in state transportation money. 

“Future low-priority projects, similar to the curve on state Highway 27 by Hunter’s Inn that was just completed, should be put on hold during the recession.  Approximately $100 million of the surplus in the Legislature’s leadership-controlled funds also could be transferred to the transportation budget.  We have many options.  We do not need to raise taxes or fees. 

“In the coming weeks, I will be introducing legislation to address transportation funding without raising taxes and fees.” 

Rep. Brad Roae
6th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(814) 827-6054
(717) 787-2353
Contact: Dan Massing
dmassing@pahousegop.com
(717) 772-9845
Member Site: 
RepRoae.com
Caucus Site:  PAHouseGOP.com

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