Anger at turnpike tolls could increase transportation funding woes

Anger at turnpike tolls could increase transportation funding woes

From Valley Forge to Breezewood to New Stanton, truckers, commuters and joy-riders are paying six percent more out of their pocket to drive on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The increase, effective January 6, isn’t just bothering motorists, it’s also caught the ire of the state’s chief executive, Gov. Tom Wolf.

“People using the turnpike are paying too much,” Wolf said in a late 2018 interview with KDKA Radio. “The turnpike is driving business away.”

The toll increase, a product of a decade old state law, is also driving a wedge between trucking groups that feel hosed by excessive rates and mass transit advocates who see them as essential to a millennial economy.
Thursday, January 10, 2019/Author: Stephany Dugan
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Saylor questions gloomy IFO projections, pushes for government “within its means” for 2019 budget

Saylor questions gloomy IFO projections, pushes for government “within its means” for 2019 budget

In a statement Monday, House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-York) pointed to rosy revenue numbers, a projected surplus from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration and previous spending overestimates from the state Independent Fiscal Office in calling for no new taxes.

“As we head into the new legislative session, the focus of the House Republican Caucus will be on creating a budget that does not rely on new taxes or fees and that supports job creation,” Saylor said in the statement.

Monday, December 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Outgoing budget secretary strikes optimistic tone at mid-year budget briefing

Outgoing budget secretary strikes optimistic tone at mid-year budget briefing

Despite Independent Fiscal Office predictions of a $1.7 billion budget deficit, outgoing Budget Secretary Randy Albright struck an optimistic tone at a mid-year budget report Tuesday, citing a burgeoning state economy.

“We’re confident that we will end the year with not just a balanced budget but a surplus,” he said, adding that “we don’t think we face a $1.5 billion deficit for the proposed budget year.”

Tuesday, December 11, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
Amid funding increases, state universities mull to hike or not to hike tuition

Amid funding increases, state universities mull to hike or not to hike tuition

More state funding leads to less tuition hikes for state-funded schools, right? It’s a logical thought, according to university students and Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Budget bill passes House, makes it to Senate floor

Budget bill passes House, makes it to Senate floor

The General Assembly’s 2018-19 budget bill advanced in leaps and bounds Wednesday, moving from out of the House and onto the Senate Floor by day’s end.

HB 2121, the state’s $32.7 billion budget for the next fiscal year, passed the House by a resounding 188-10 margin before arriving in the Senate and getting near unanimous approval in the chamber’s Appropriations Committee.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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