Governor Rendell has called for a special session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Senate, starting May 4. The purpose of the session will be to address Pennsylvania's transportation woes.
Pennsylvania had budgeted $472 million under the assumption that I-80 would be tolled. The application to toll I-80, however, was denied by the federal government. The result is a massive hole in the Pennsylvania budget that now must be filled.
Pennsylvania's transportation infrastructure is in dire straits. Pennsylvania has more bridges that are structurally deficient or functionally obselete than any other state - it also has some of the oldest bridges in the nation.
How that $472 million will be generated, however, is anybody's guess. Possible ideas include bonding, borrowing, gas tax increases and other fee increases. Unfortunately, there seems to be no consensus on the issue at the moment.
Anyone out there have any good ideas?