Governor Corbett called on lawmakers to pass the state transportation funding bill . He gave a passionate plea to lawmakers.
” This is not a partisan issue . I don’t see democrat or republican written on the roads and bridges and I don’t see it written on the transit signs,”says Governor Corbett
The Governor held up a piece of the Mulberry Street Bridge in Harrisburg and pounded on his podium to make his point about the deteriorating bridges and transportation problems facing the state today . He says he needs both sides to come together to make this transportation bill a reality.
Senator Rob Teplitz says the recent issue keeping lawmakers from passing the bill is the state`s long standing prevailing wage law. The law guarantees certain minimum wages for public works projects.
” If we’re going to have a conversation on that issue let’s do it separately but let’s pass the transportation bill as a clean bill, ” says Senator Rob Teplitz, (D) 15th District
The senate passed the transportation funding bill in June. But in that bill, the prevailing wage law wasn’t included. The President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO says while they will always fight for fair wages for workers, this shouldn’t be part of the bill.
FOX43 spoke with House Republican leader Sam Smith. He’s the one pushing for the prevailing wage law change to be included in the bill. He says It’s imperative that it be part of the bill to keep the cost low to taxpayers.