The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 20, 2013

State road plan: winners and losers

JOHN FINNERTY
CNHI

HARRISBURG — While state House leaders wrangle over the details in a proposed billion-dollar transportation spending plan, many members quietly worry that the plan will not include enough money for local roadwork even as their constituents are being asked to pony up more in gas tax and more in registration fees.

An analysis of the Department of Transportation's 1,183-page spending plan shows that while the cost will be shared by motorists statewide, there are regions that will definitely fare better. Among the biggest potential winners: Harrisburg commuters.

The 106th district of Dauphin County Republican John Payne stands to get the largest influx of road construction cash if the House passes a transportation plan that spends at least as much as the

$1.8 billion a year proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett earlier this year. The Department of Transportation has identified almost $1 billion worth of work in Payne’s district.

And he’s not alone. Capital area lawmakers account for four of the top 10 districts due the largest windfall if the transportation plan is approved.

The largest portion of that spending is aimed at improving travel on Interstate 83, which carries traffic around Harrisburg.

The proposed $559 million cost of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway has the district of state Rep. Lynda Schlegel-Culver, R-Northumberland, third on the windfall list.

The transportation department developed its list of projects by considering the needs of the highway system and by trying to identify work that can begin quickly, said Erin Waters-Trasatt, a PennDOT spokeswoman.

The district of Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria, is among the districts projected to get the smallest amount of additional road and bridge work. Barbin worries frugal-minded Republicans push to get the amount of spending decreased further. If that happens, work slated to be done in the districts of rank-and-file lawmakers could get shelved.

How the work is divided is an issue to lawmakers because their constituents will be sharing the burden of paying for the construction, Barbin said.

While Corbett’s plan would have spent up to $1.8 billion a year, a Senate bill now awaiting action in the House increases the spending by up to $2.5 billion a year.

House leaders have said a vote on the bill could take place this week.

 Much of the attention about the cost to drivers has been focused on the projected 25-28 cent-a-gallon increase in the price of gas. But, the funding plan passed in the Senate would tack a $100 surcharge on all speeding tickets and between $100-$300 on other moving violations, such as driving through a red light or ignoring a stop sign. Vehicle registrations would only need to be renewed every two years, but the cost of a renewal would increase from $36 to $104.

Driver’s licenses would increase from $29.50 to $50.50.

How Cambria County districts would fare

How much PennDOT proposes to spend on road and bridge construction, if there is no new money approved by the Legislature, if the governor’s $1.8 billion a year is approved and if the Senate’s $2.5 billion a year plan is approved.



71st District – Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria

No new money: $77 million

Corbett’s plan: $17 million

Senate plan: $0

Total new money: $17 million



72nd District – Frank Burns, D-Cambria

No new money: $58 million

Corbett’s plan: $62 million

Senate plan: $2 million

Total new money: $64 million



 73rd District – Gary Haluska, D-Cambria

No new money: $84 million

Corbett’s plan: $67 million

Senate plan: $76 million

Total new money: $143 million



(Source: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation)

Most   to gain





Legislative districts that have the most to gain from PennDOT's plan for spending transportation dollars if the Legislature approves spending additional money on roads and bridges.



1. 106th District – John Payne, R-Dauphin

No new money: $67 million

Corbett’s plan: $941 million

Senate plan: $2 million

Total new money: $943 million



2. 171st District – Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre

No new money: $61 million

Corbett’s plan: $844 million

Senate plan: $11 million

Total new money: $855 million

 

3. 108th District – Lynda Schlegel-Culver, R-Northumberland

No new money: $121 million

Corbett’s plan: $622 million

Senate plan: $24 million

Total new money: $646 million



4. 158th District – Chris Ross, R-Chester

No new money:  $162 million

Corbett’s plan: $309 million

Senate plan: $277 million

Total new money: $586 million



5. 155th District – Becky Corbin, R-Chester

No new money: $70 million

Corbett’s plan: $305 million

Senate plan: $277 million

Total new money: $582 million

 

6. 160th District – Stephen Barrar, R-Delaware

No new money: $100 million

Corbett’s plan: $230 million

Senate plan: $293 million

Total new money: $523 million



7. 19th District – Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny

No new money: $286 million

Corbett’s plan $140 million

Senate plan: $382 million

Total new money: $522 million



8. 105th District – Ron Marsico, R-Dauphin

No new money: $19 million

Corbett’s plan: $486 million

Senate plan: $2.5 million

Total new money: $488.5 million



9. 103rd District – Patty Kim, D-Dauphin

No new money: $124 million

Corbett’s plan: $416 million

Senate plan: $25.5 million

Total new money: $441.5 million



10. 104th District – Susan Helm, R-Dauphin

No new money: $112 million

Corbett’s plan: $418 million

Senate plan: $16 million

Total new money: $434 million

 

Nothing to lose





Legislative districts that stand to gain the least according to PennDOT's proposed use of transportation dollars.



1. 201st District – Stephen Kinsey, D-Philadelphia

No new money: $0

Corbett’s plan: $3 million

Senate plan: $0

Total new money: $3 million



2. 141st District – Tina Davis, D-Bucks

No new money: $51 million

Corbett’s plan: $6 million

Senate plan: $0

Total new money: $6 million



3. 184th District – William Keller, D-Philadelphia

No new money: $18 million

Corbett’s plan: $2 million

Senate plan: $6 million

Total new money: $8 million



4. 88th District – Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland

No new money: $61 million

Corbett’s plan: $7 million

Senate plan: $1.5 million

Total new money: $8.5 million



5. 185th District – Marie Donatucci, D-Philadelphia

No new money: $44 million

Corbett’s plan: $8 million

Senate plan: $2.5 million

Total new money: $10.5 million



6. 196th District – Seth Grove, R-York

No new money: $66 million

Corbett’s plan: $14 million

Senate plan: $0

Total new money: $14 million



7. 203rd District – Dwight Evans, D-Philadelphia

No new money: $5 million

Corbett’s plan: $16 million

Senate plan: $0

Total new money: $16 million



8. 71st District – Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria

No new money: $77 million

Corbett’s plan: $17 million

Senate plan: $0

Total new money: $17 million

 

9. 162nd District –Nicholas Miccarelli, R-Delaware

No new money: $52 million

Corbett’s plan: $18 million

Senate plan: $0

Total new money: $18 million



10. 79th District – John McGinnis, R-Blair

No new money: $49 million

Corbett’s plan: $16 million

Senate plan: $3 million

Total new money: $19 million



(Source: Pennsylvania

Department of Transportation)