transportation committees of the Pennsylvania General Assembly are
reviewing a proposal that would hike the state’s fuel tax for road
current proposal would request a 5- to 8-cent increase per gallon
of fuel to be used for additional funding for highway construction
to The Towanda Daily Review, the tax hike would be broken
into four parts: 25 percent would go for a Pennsylvania Transportation
Department bond; 25 percent to PennDOT for maintenance and bridge
work; 25 percent for Turnpike Commission projects; and the rest
would be used for local roads.
Roger Madigan, R-Bradford, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee,
told the newspaper the proposal could go through if lawmakers can
first solve other budgetary concerns.
will be important for local governments; they need the funding for
their roads, and PennDOT needs to continue matching federal dollars,”
Madigan said, adding that federal highway money is drying up, and
the state needs to dig into its pockets.