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State House again considering transportation funding reform?

By , - Last modified: October 15, 2013 at 8:44 AM

The state House of Representatives is scheduled to take up the issue of transportation funding reform today, possibly considering additional changes to the Senate bill that was shot down in the budget process earlier this year.

Senate Bill 1, the transportation funding bill that would raise as much as $2.5 billion over five years for bridges, roads and mass transit, is currently on the House docket for second consideration, according to the legislature’s website.

However, news releases from Rep. Mike Turzai — the House’s majority leader — listing activities for the week do not mention the transportation bill.

Stephen Miskin, Turzai’s spokesman, said he did not expect the bill to come up.

S.B. 1 faced a last-minute defeat June 28 when Democrats and Republicans in the House couldn’t resolve differences over the bill’s specifics. The bill received bipartisan approval from the Senate on June 5.

Some legislators have said transportation funding can’t be addressed without talking about cost factors such as updating the state’s prevailing wage laws to save municipalities money on local road and bridge projects.

House Bill 796, which would increase the prevailing wage threshold, is on the agenda this week for a third and final consideration. Current law requires a prevailing wage be paid to workers on public works projects costing more than $25,000. H.B. 796 would increase that threshold to $100,000.



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