PA House Democrats Unveil Transportation Tax Plan

Today, the Pennsylvania House Democrats put forth their proposal to raise taxes for transportation projects, as reported by PA Independent, which also provides a detailed outline of the plan.

The proposal would provide $1.3 billion in transportation funding, $500 million for transit agencies and $785 million for roads and bridges.

The funding would be paid for through three tax and fee streams: the proposed “oil companies profits tax” ($477 million, some to be used in the General Fund), an increase in the oil company franchise tax (effectively a gasoline tax increase of $412 million), and raising vehicle and driver fees ($433 million).

The proposal includes a few reforms as well, including legislation to enable public-private partnerships in transportation projects.

For more on Pennsylvania transportation issues, visit our Transportation Special Session Survival Guide.