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Corbett's Transportation Funding Plan 'Woefully Inadequate,' Molchany Says

State Rep. Erin Molchany, D-Brookline, served as co-chair in a public hearing Wednesday regarding Gov. Tom Corbett's plan for transportation funding.

At the request of state Rep. Erin Molchany (D-Brookline), members of the House Democratic Policy Committee heard from local officials, business leaders and transportation experts at a public hearing in Pittsburgh Wednesday regarding Pennsylvania’s transportation funding obstacles.

Molchany served as co-chairwoman during the hearing, which analyzed the funding plan for transportation projects Gov. Tom Corbett’s introduced as part of his 2013-14 state spending plan.

“Governor Corbett’s budget for transportation funding is woefully inadequate,” Molchany said in a statement released Wednesday. “For too many years, public transit has been in crisis. Our local roads and bridges are in disrepair. The governor's budget falls dramatically short of the long-term, legitimate investment that our state needs, and this hearing proves that Pennsylvania needs a clean, comprehensive and complete solution."

Molchany said this hearing gave the region an opportunity to demonstrate the importance of the current infrastructure and the many benefits it can provide the region and the state with reliable, sustainable, long-term funding.

“Governor Corbett has lagged on making transportation infrastructure a priority, and as a result public safety and economic competitiveness have suffered,” said hearing co-chairman Mike Sturla, a Democratic state representative from Lancaster. “Adequately funding our state’s transportation infrastructure in a comprehensive and sustainable way has been a key tenet of the House Democratic agenda and Representative Molchany has added her voice to those calling on the Corbett administration to get serious regarding transit funding.”

Those testifying at Wednesdays' hearing included: Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive; Michael Cetra, general counsel, Port Authority of Allegheny County; Stephen Palonis, president, Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 85; Ken Zapinksi, senior vice president, Allegheny Conference on Community Development; H. Daniel Cessna, district 11 executive, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; Chuck DiPietro, transportation planning director, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission; Chis Sandvig, regional policy manager, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group; Patrick Roberts, principal transportation planner, City of Pittsburgh; Richard Stafford, director of Traffic 21, Carnegie Mellon University and Heinz College.

For more information about the Policy Committee and hearing materials, visit www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee.

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Robert February 24, 2013 at 03:53 AM
corbin has lagged at anything of any importance. what a poor excuse of a governor and shows just how uneducated and ignorant the peoiple of this commonwealth are. all he worrys about are abortions and protecting that university i state college that is crawling with pedophyles and relieving anyone that has a job with a living wage and benefits of said job.....same as every other republican governor in our once great country. everone knew they would destroy this country but oh how we love to vote against our own interests.....absolutely amazing. keep it up.....you deserve everything you you get....which will be nothing
James Love February 26, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Mr. Corbett we in PA must have a lasting reliable dedicated funding source for all Pennsylvania's Mass Transit sytems ACCESS Greyhound AMTRAK Trailways highways bridges Penn DOT. Your underlining Pennsylvania to where you will be voted out of office unless you stop harming us your residents. THIS IS A PROMISE YOU WILL BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE. STOP POCKETING MONEY AND STOP HARMING US NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
James Love February 26, 2013 at 11:27 PM
People Sentinial paper from Carlisle PA last week stated that the plan to merge Perry Berks Lebanon Daulphin Cumberland Franklin Adams/York Lancaster together as one system as SPC is wanting to do back home. If this is adopted then SEPTA Pottstown Kraft's in PA along with Frederick and Washington County's in MD would benifit also to be connected also. As we speak these PA systems are so poorly operated connections are poorer then poor. We must urge picket Cumberland County Commissioner Jim Hertzler Office ASAP for he wants to kill this idea. Jim Love (412) 377-1972.
Joseph February 27, 2013 at 02:23 PM
It's too easy to criticize people, but it means nothing until solutions are offered. Invest in public transit infrastructure... sounds like a great idea, but how? More taxes? More debt? PA has $140 billion in state and local gov debt, which doesn't even include pensions, healthcare liabilities, etc. In the past 9 years, total State debt has increased by 90%. Transit already gets 4.4% of sales tax. Public transit functions on a daily basis in debt already. Where's the funds to INVEST in infrastructure? Keep in mind investments, by definition, are meant to have a financial return-- that's never the case. I am told tax on sales and income are meant to provide services to me... things like maintaining and improving transportation infrastructure. But, instead, that money goes elsewhere, then we're faced with half-brained schemes to take more money out of my pockets and the pockets of future generations. Tired of the lip service. Formulate a concrete plan, then open your mouth.

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