• Senator Pittman visits with the KTFC.  State Senator Joe Pittman (R-Indiana) met with the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition this week to discuss his bill, Senate Bill 758.  SB 758 would accelerate the phase down of payments to the State Police from the Motor License Fund, which is the fund that largely supports the commonwealth’s $2.4 billion highway construction program.  A more exhaustive summary of the legislation can be found HERE.
  • And now it begins.  The House and Senate wrapped up their annual Appropriations hearings this week.  Now the General Assembly will begin to wrestle with the proposed $34 billion state budget as it was proposed by Gov. Wolf in February.  As part of this year’s proposal is an expected continued phase down of the money to the State Police from the Motor License Fund to a level of $706 million.  APC continues to work with Sen. Pittman and other legislators to accelerate this and ultimately working to ensure no money goes form the Motor License Fund for State Police operations.  Be sure to join our upcoming webinar where we’ll discuss this and other legislative topics by clicking HERE.
  • Counting Heads.  PennDOT is encouraging everyone to be sure they participate in the upcoming census beginning on April 1.  Census data are used to decide how $675 billion in federal public funding is spent every year. Federal spending on programs like highway planning and construction, transit formula grants, and transit capital investment grants. Pennsylvania gets $26.8 billion annually from just our 16 largest federally-funded programs. That’s about $2,000 per Pennsylvanian each year.
  • Pennsylvania still matters.  While this week’s political action featured the famous Super Tuesday election results, many pundits still believe that the PA Primary Election scheduled for April 28th will be a key moment on who decides the Democratic nominee for President in the upcoming elections.  Regardless of your politics, we encourage everyone in the highway construction industry to register to vote and then make your voice heard in the upcoming elections.  If you need help in registering to vote, click HERE and you will be able to do just that!  While you’re at it…please join our Advocacy Team so we can count on you to carry the highway construction message to all our elected officials in the future.  GO HERE to join.