Maybe SEPTA Will Get Its Funding After All

Somebody probably should tell Metro’s readers.

The good news? “Gov. Tom Corbett’€™s hopes for a major legislative win came roaring back to life Tuesday, as the state House voted 104-95 to give key preliminary approval to a multi-pronged, $2.4 billion transportation funding program,” the Patriot-News reports. (We don’t care about Corbett’s hopes, but we do care about transportation funding.)

“But no one was lighting victory cigars Tuesday night. That’s because the House plan contains a key change that has not passed muster in the state Senate yet: a modest, albeit once-in-a-generation reform to Pennsylvania’€™s prevailing wage statute.The bill raises the cost threshold at which the law’s minimum wage requirements kick in for transportation construction projects from an outdated $25,000 at present, to $100,000 going forward.” The question is: Is that union-busting enough or too union-busting for the Senate to accept? We’ll find out soon.


Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 9.54.00 AMOh, the bad news: Today's big headline on the front page of Metro is about how the House shot down the transportation bill. Which was true Monday night, but not on Tuesday night.  Somebody should probably tell the Metro's readers.

 

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  • Jane Yavis

    Not a Corbett fan, but let him “Win this one” if it means the transportation Funding so desperately needed in Pennsylvania passes, the roads and bridges are safe and jobs will be created to add to the economy. To those scared to death Public Transportation and SEPTA will benefit,,, go away, we know exactly what you mean.