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Posted: November 20th, 2013

Gov. Tom Corbett got a much needed win when the state House of Representatives finally approved a transportation funding bill.

Gov. Tom Corbett/ETN file photo

Gov. Tom Corbett/ETN file photo

Corbett, with sagging poll numbers as he readies a run for re-election in 2014, soon will be able to claim a victory from one of his key legislative agenda items. The others, a much harder sell before the election, are privatizing state liquor sales and reforming the state’s public pensions.

The $2.3 billion annual transportation funding bill for roads, bridges and mass transit is expected to win approval in the Senate because that chamber approved a similar bill back in June. It passed the House on Tuesday night.

It will be interesting to see the political ramifications of the plan, which is being funded largely by removing the cap on the oil company franchise tax rate. Critics such as state Reps. Patrick Harkins, of Erie, D-1st Dist., and Ryan Bizzarro, of Millcreek, D-3rd Dist., say the oil companies will pass along that increase to consumers at the gas pumps, an increase that could amount to 28.5 cents per gallon.

But state Rep. Greg Lucas, of Edinboro, R-5th Dist., said the oil companies could absorb some of the increase, which he said would be phased in over five years. Lucas noted that gas wars have led to fluctuating prices at the pumps.

The state’s gas tax is now 50.7 cents per gallon.

The transportation plan also would be funded by an increase in driver’s licenses, car registrations and some traffic violations.

In a statement, Corbett said the House ”made a dramatic choice to invest in the future of Pennsylvania. In doing so, they have set the stage for the safety of our children and the economic prosperity for Pennsylvania.

“Voting for a comprehensive transportation plan will keep our transportation system safe and efficient, improve the state’s economy, and improve the quality of life for our 12 million-plus residents,” he said.

For more information on transportation funding, visit www.dot.state.pa.us.

– John  Guerriero

 

 

 

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Posted: February 19th, 2013

The Erie County legislative delegation has vowed to meet monthly to discuss issues in their respective districts and to take turns hosting the sessions.

On Monday,  state Rep. Greg Lucas, of Edinboro, R-5th Dist., had the honors as the group met at Crossroads Dinor in Edinboro.

State Rep. Greg Lucas, of Edinboro, R-5th Dist.

State Rep. Greg Lucas, of Edinboro, R-5th Dist.

The word of the meeting comes from state Rep. Patrick Harkins, of Erie, D-1st Dist.

The informal meetings also serve as a chance to get to know one another’s districts better. And it’s a bipartisan approach to taking on the issues in Harrisburg. The delegation has vowed to work together, Harkins said.

State Sen. Sean Wiley, of Millcreek, D-49th Dist., hosted the previous session.

– John Guerriero

 

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Posted: January 17th, 2013

More Pennsylvania House committee assignments are being finalized.

State Rep. Flo Fabrizio, of Erie, D-2nd Dist., is the Democratic chairman of the Health Committee. He is also Democratic chairman of the Joint State Government Commission and Democratic deputy whip of the House.

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, of Millcreek, D-3rd Dist., has been appointed to three committees: Aging and Older Adult Services, Gaming Oversight, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness.

State Rep. Greg Lucas, of Edinboro, R-5th Dist., will serve on the following four committees: Game and Fisheries, Local Government, Labor and Industry, and Aging and Older Adult Services.

State Rep. Curt Sonney, of Harborcreek, R-4th Dist., will serve on these four committees: Appropriations, Professional Licensure, Liquor Control and Insurance.

State. Rep. Patrick Harkins, of Erie, D-1st Dist., is assigned to these committees: Education, Labor and Industry, Local Government, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness.

– John Guerriero

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