Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell yesterday called for a special legislative session to find $472.5 million for fiscal 2011 transportation needs as the Federal Highway Administration denied, for the second time, the state’s request to implement tolls on Interstate 80.
The decision leaves a $472.5 million hole in Rendell’s proposed fiscal 2011 budget, since his administration incorporated potential I-80 toll revenue and the bond proceeds that revenue stream would produce in the spending plan. House members approved Rendell’s budget proposal last month. The Senate has yet to act on that measure or release its own budget bill. Fiscal 2011 begins July 1.