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Pennsylvania GOP leader: transportation bill may get vote

Turzai's comments Monday indicated a plan that he's criticized as too expensive and unsupportable by the more conservative House GOP majority could become law.

By Marc Levy & Mark Scolforo
The Associated Press

9/23/2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai says he is pushing for a floor vote in his chamber on a $2.5 billion transportation plan that passed the state Senate by an overwhelming majority.

Turzai's comments Monday indicated a plan that he's criticized as too expensive and unsupportable by the more conservative House GOP majority could become law.

Turzai, of Allegheny County, says Gov. Tom Corbett wants a vote on the bill and Turzai says he's inclined to hold it sooner rather than later.

The Senate's transportation bill is also supported by business groups and labor unions. Corbett issued a less-expensive plan and hasn't publicly pushed for passage of the Senate's bill.

Movement on transportation could encourage Republican senators to support liquor system privatization legislation, a top priority of the House GOP.


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