Special Legislative Session Scheduled for Tuesday May 4
As reported this past Wednesday in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Governor Rendell has called for a special legislative session to discuss potential solutions to the transportation funding gap that is hovering right around $470 million.
Three weeks after the Federal Highway Administration rejected the PennDOT/Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission joint application to toll I-80, there is incredible uncertainty about how to handle such an enormous setback in transportation funding in the midst of increasing transportation demands.
Tuesday’s session will give Legislators a chance to discuss potential solutions.
Rendell has said he would again urge lawmakers to impose a gross-profits tax on oil companies and might again propose leasing the Pennsylvania Turnpike to a private operator.
Other options mentioned in the article include tolling I-95, increasing the gas tax, increasing registration fees, and increasing real estate transfer taxes. These suggestions are coming from both sides of the aisle, making it clear that this is an issue that has everyone concerned.
What are other possible solutions that could help us to deal with this transportation funding gap? Although the current political climate is cold to the idea of raising taxes, will the severity of this situation sway public opinion in favor of increasing the gas tax?
What do you think about the prospect of leasing our highways?