Scarnati Urges House Leaders to Re-Evaluate Position of Not Taking Action on Transportation Funding Legislation

For Immediate Release
6/30/13

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) issued the following statement regarding passage of comprehensive transportation funding for Pennsylvania.

I strongly encourage the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to reconsider their position of not taking action on Senate Bill 1, which provides a comprehensive transportation funding plan for our Commonwealth.  It is crucially important that we address the transportation needs of Pennsylvania now.

Providing individuals with access to safe and reliable transportation across our state is a core responsibility of state government. On June 5, 2013 the Senate overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 1, a solid transportation funding plan to address the infrastructure needs of our Commonwealth. This legislation has incorporated many components of Governor Corbett’s Transportation Funding Commission Report and the Governor’s transportation funding proposal.

If a transportation infrastructure funding plan is not quickly enacted, numerous industries will begin to see severe economic repercussions.  The timber industry is a vital part of my eight-county district and I am concerned that absent this bill, jobs for the timber industry in the 25th Senatorial District and across the state may be in jeopardy.  We cannot afford to put off much-needed maintenance, construction and safety upgrades that are crucial to our state’s future.

The Senate continues to consider transportation funding a chief priority.  Senate Bill 1 was a collaborative and bipartisan effort of Senate members from rural, suburban and urban communities.  We remain committed to enacting meaningful funding to address the transportation needs of our entire state.

CONTACT:

Drew Crompton
(717) 787-7084