Pa. governor signs $2.3B transportation bill

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) has signed a $2.3 billion transportation bill that is been hailed by supporters as a bipartisan victory for infrastructure in the Keystone State.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the revenue for the measure will be generated by a nearly 30 percent increase in wholesale gas taxes over the next five years.

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The fee on oil sellers will replace a 12-cents-per-gallon tax that had been paid by Pennsylvania drivers at gas station pumps, according to the paper.

The Pennsylvania switch to a wholesale gas tax follows a similar move earlier this year by another Republican governor in a swing state, outgoing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R).

Lawmakers in Congress have considered making a similar switch in the 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax when the legislation that authorizes its collection comes up for renewal next year.