The highway construction industry scored a “win” as part of the recently enacted budget.  The short-term budget enacted this week sets both of these levels at the same as they were last year, but the annual appropriation from the Motor License Fund to the State Police was still reduced by the 4% level to $705 million for FY 2020-21.  This is a huge “win” for the industry at a time when legislators are continuing to look for ways to curb the expected $4 billion budget deficit due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic impacts on the state.  APC staff worked with House and Senate leaders as well as the Appropriations and Transportation Committee chairpersons in order to stress the significance of continuing the phase down of MLF funds for State Police operations.  Continuing this amount helps stem further cuts in PennDOT’s letting program.  The amount preserves nearly $30 million in funds which is equivalent to approximately 1/2 cent in the fuel tax rate.