Grove Supports Historic Prevailing Wage Reform and Transportation Funding
11/21/2013
HARRISBURG – Challenged to reform the way Pennsylvania builds, maintains, and funds roads and bridges, today the House of Representatives passed House Bill 1060. The legislation updates the Commonwealth’s Prevailing Wage Law for the first time in more than 50 years. Prevailing wage is an artificial wage set by the government to pay workers on government funded projects. The new law raises the threshold for municipally funded transportation projects from $25,000 to $100,000. This saves local governments money and allows them to complete more improvement projects every year. Therefore, the new law helps make your community safer and costs residents less in taxes.

“In 1962 the average price of a new house was $12,500. You could buy two brand new houses for the prevailing wage threshold in 1962. Today the prevailing wage threshold is still $25,000 yet everything has increased.” Grove said. “It escalates costs, not because wages dictate it, but because government requires it. This is bad for the taxpayers and this historical first-ever change will help reduce costs for transportation projects for local governments across the Commonwealth.”

In the midst of a crumbling statewide infrastructure, that features more than 6,500 structurally deficient bridges, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a comprehensive transportation funding plan with the support of Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover). The plan raises a total of $2.3 billion per year by 2017-18 for the state’s transportation system, with approximately $1.65 billion dedicated to highways and bridges.
“To not repair our crumbling infrastructure is irresponsible. Infrastructure is a core function of government,” Grove said. “From the Ports of Philadelphia to the Turnpike to the locks on the Allegheny River, the Pennsylvania infrastructure system is as expansive as it is diverse. Ultimately, our infrastructure has led to our economic success, and we must be proactive in keeping it that way.”

The funding secured in this legislation allows a number of crucial infrastructure improvement projects to move forward in 196th Legislative District, including: 
 
    • Thirty-two bridges repaired or replaced. 
    • Twelve major road resurfacing projects. 
    • Interstate 83 expanded to six lanes.

Also, improvements designed to encourage economic development will go forward, such as improvements to the I-83 interchange at Canal Road, and designating South Salem Road as State Road 116. Plus, adaptive signalization along Route 30 from Kenneth Road to North Hills Road and Carlisle Avenue from Route 30 to Dover Borough to address the daily traffic back logs in that area.

“York County has experienced extensive growth in the last two decades,” Grove adds. “These improvements are imperative in allowing things like emergency services to work at the speed and efficiency we rely on, and allow businesses to continue to grow and work in our communities.”

At the heart of the legislation for consumers is an immediate elimination of the current gas tax at the pump. This will cut 12 cents from the gasoline price per gallon. Instead the legislation lifts the cap on the Oil Company Franchise Tax. Currently, oil companies are only taxed on $1.25 per gallon of gas they sell. Lifting the cap on these companies updates the tax to current economic levels, and allows the tax to fluctuate with the economic factors that affect the price of gas.

The bill now goes to Gov. Tom Corbett to be signed into law.

For more information on Grove’s legislative goals visit RepGrove.com or Facebook.com/RepSethGrove.

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Mike Straub
717.260.6479
mstraub@pahousegop.com
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