Transportation Funding, Other Issues on Hold Until Fall Legislative Session
On June 30, after months of political debate, Gov. Tom Corbett signed the 2013-2014 state budget, HB 1437, two hours before the constitutional deadline. The $28.375 billion state spending plan represents a 2.3 percent increase over the 2012-13 state budget.
Corbett’s other priority items, transportation funding and liquor privatization, came to a dead halt when the House couldn’t muster the votes to move a downsized transportation funding package out of the House. The Senate, which had amended and moved forward its own version of liquor privatization along partisan lines, refused to report the liquor bill out of its chamber unless it had commitment that a transportation funding bill would be reported out of the House.
These major issues are now on hold until the General Assembly’s fall session as a wide chasm remains between House and Senate priorities, as well as each chamber’s idea of what transportation funding and liquor privatization should look like.