HARRISBURG, PA — In response to an inquiry from Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, and in consultation with Senate leadership and the Governor’s Budget Office, Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella announced steps his office is prepared to take to ensure sufficient funds are available to prevent immediate shutdowns of highway and safety projects throughout the commonwealth that had been threatened as early as this month due to lack of funding.
“Treasury stands ready to provide the short-term assistance needed to keep projects in motion that provide jobs to Pennsylvanians and strengthen our infrastructure. We have been hard at work with legislative leaders and the administration on this issue, and as Treasurer I am prepared to authorize financial support to the Motor License Fund, potentially through the end of this fiscal year,” stated Joe Torsella, Pennsylvania State Treasurer.
“Whatever our differences, we can all agree that now is not the time to stop the repair of roads and bridges that keep Pennsylvanians safe – it is the time for leaders in government to step up with creativity, innovation and determination. These solutions are short-term measures, and won’t solve the underlying issues that led to this crisis. But they will give PennDOT and the General Assembly time to get to work on resolving those issues early in 2021, and keep Pennsylvanians working in the meantime.”
Treasurer Torsella responded to a recent letter from Pennsylvania House Leadership, requesting Treasury to identify funding alternatives that would allow road and bridge projects to continue uninterrupted until the General Assembly reconvenes for the 2021-22 legislative session. Treasury’s response was sent to legislative leaders. Actively working with legislative leadership, Treasury described several options it was prepared to pursue that would allow ongoing PennDOT projects to continue as scheduled.
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