Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania agree that the state needs a long-term transportation funding strategy, but have yet to find consensus on how the state should pay for roads, bridges, and public transit.
Lawmakers and aides say the chance of the legislature voting on a transportation funding initiative before the November general election is slim, as any plan would most likely include some sort of tax or fee increase — never a favorite with voters. Many believe the General Assembly will not take up a measure until after a new governor is sworn in in mid- to late January. Gov. Edward Rendell, a Democrat, will be termed out in January after serving as governor for eight years.