Roads or Police?

A bi-partisan PA bill with considerable support seeks to redirect funds from the Motor License Fund, paid by motorists, that currently go to the State Police to roads. The police budget would have to compete with other needs from the general fund.

The political attraction of the bill is that it funds state transportation without "new taxes or tolls" and without leasing the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

"The state DOT controls the Motor License Fund, which is supported by the state's fuel tax, motor vehicle license and registration fees, as well as other fees. The money supplies about two-thirds of the total State Police budget ($500 million annually).

During the next 10 years, the patrol would receive $50 million less than the prior year. Instead, the State Police budget would gradually be funded out of the state's general fund..

As a result of changing the funding setup, the state's DOT would gain $2.75 billion during the next decade for such projects as road and bridge work. More than 50 House Democrats and Republicans added their names to the list of bill co-sponsors."

The bill – HB2309 – is in the House Transportation Committee. All legislation must be approved by both chambers prior to the end of the regular session, which is scheduled for Nov. 30."

Thanks to Marilyn Skolnick

Full Story: Pennsylvania bill would fund road and bridge work without tolls, new taxes

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