Schlegel-Culver: CSVT funding now in senate

The Senate now must pass the transportation plan

HARRISBURG – “Cautiously optimistic,” so says state house member Lynda Schlegel-Culver (R-108th, Sunbury) when she talks about prospects of getting the CSVT built someday. The state senate is considering the recently house passed transportation spending proposal.

It would amount to a huge increase in taxes, fines and fees, but Schlegel-Culver said, “Nothing’s free. Nothing, and I think that seems to get lost sometimes, and you know the predication is from $2.50 to $4.00 per week, depending upon how much you drive and how efficient your vehicle is.”

She said, “I was still getting calls after 5 o’clock last night from individuals, not groups, not associated groups, saying, ‘We need this. I’m willing to make that investment,’ and I think that is what makes the vote the hardest. How will that impact your pocketbook?”

About $1.7 million annually would go toward highway and bridge construction, while mass transit agencies would get nearly $500 million. Money would also be available to build the CSVT project in our region, “I’ve been working on this since 1997, I’m cautiously very optimistic. Yesterday was a huge hurdle for us. I don’t think I’ll fully relax until we take that final vote.”

Culver said Wednesday, they are scheduled to get a new House bill from the Senate and Thursday they are scheduled to vote in concurrence with it. If all goes as planned, the transportation bill will be in place by the end of the week.

The proposal is supported by Gov. Tom Corbett and would raise gasoline taxes and numerous motorist fees to spend $2.3 billion a year extra on roads, bridges and mass transit systems. The bill passed despite objections from conservatives that it would be the second-largest tax increase in Pennsylvania history. (AP/Ali Stevens)

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