Just a day after falling short, a transportation funding bill passes in the house. Bucks County State Rep. Paul Clymer, who voted for the bill, says the 2.3 billion dollars in funding for roads, bridges and mass transit will not be fully carried out until the 5th year.
“So you’re not going to get the 2.3 billion dollars during the first year, neither the second year. You may get 800 million in the first year and 900 million in the second year, because these increases n the liquid fuel tax will come each year over a five year period.”
Clymer was a guest on the AM Edition this morning. He says many of his colleagues around the state mentioned how important funding is due to the deteriorating of the state’s highway system.
In less than two weeks the Montgomery County Republican party hopes to have a new committee chairman installed. Montgomery County Commissioner, Bruce Castor says, the most visible candidate is State Rep. Mike Vereb. Castor adds, Vereb is ready to accept the position.
“He has the most critical element in my judgment. He is liked by most people. No one has an automatic aversion to him.”
The Montgomery County G.O.P will meet on December 4th to decide who should be committee Chair. Other names have been mentioned, including State Rep. Kate Harper. Castor was a guest on the AM Edition Monday.
The 50th anniversary of one of the most notorious crimes in the nation’s history is coming up this Friday. On November 22nd, 1963 U.S. President John F. Kennedy was shot to death in Dallas’ Dealey Plaza. In happier days, when Kennedy was running against Richard Nixon in the Presidential Race of 1960, he needed to win Pennsylvania. Political analyst, Doctor Terry Madonna says, Kennedy’s victory in the state reflected a nationwide trend.
“Kennedy won our state by about 116,000 votes. His national edge over Richard Nixon was about 118,000 votes.”
Kennedy’s victory over Nixon led him to the oval office, and ultimately to Dallas, where lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald strike down the President from the 6th floor of the Texas Book Depository Building. A large number of Americans believe others were involved in the assassination.
Longtime State lawmaker Bob Godshall hopes to be able to vote for a bill this week to raise money for road and bridge repair and mass transit funding. The 53rd District State Rep. says a less expensive bill than the two and a half billion dollar package passed by the State Senate is likely to be voted on in the House.
“Every traffic violation would have a hundred dollars added on and that didn’t find a lot of favorable people in the House to push that, so that will probably be coming out.”
Godshall says, a transportation funding bill is desperately needed is this part of the state.