HARRISBURG — Speakers at a state House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Millcreek said they support some form of state transportation funding that would improve crumbling roads, bridges and mass transit systems.
But there isn’t a consensus in Harrisburg about the level of funding, what it will be used for and the funding source, Democratic lawmakers told the Erie Times-News Editorial Board after Thursday’s hearing.
“It really is in flux,” said state Rep. Mike Sturla, of Lancaster, D-96th District, committee chairman.
Sturla, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, of Millcreek, D-3rd District, and state Rep. Patrick Harkins, of Erie, D-1st District, spoke to the board about the proposed funding. Bizzarro served as a co-chairman of the hearing since it was held in his district, at the Millcreek Municipal Building.
In June, the state Senate voted for a $2.5 billion-per-year proposal — a measure stalled in the House.
Sturla said the $2.5 billion annually, over 10 years, is the minimum of what House Democrats want. A more accurate funding level would be $4.2 billion, he said.