Hess: Transportation is a Major Issue in Budget Process
HARRISBURG – In the wake of the budget address delivered this week by Gov. Tom Corbett, House Transportation Committee Chairman Dick Hess (R-Bedford/Fulton/Huntingdon) today said he has invited Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch to fully brief the committee on the administration’s budget proposals. That meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. in B-31 Main Capitol, and will be one of the most important in the session.

“I commend the governor for making transportation a top priority as this budget process begins, and I look forward to working with the administration and others to reach a full and fair agreement to aid the rebuilding and refurbishing of our infrastructure in Pennsylvania,” said Hess. “A good first step will be a briefing from the administration’s point man on transportation, and that is why I am inviting him to come and visit with us.”

The budget process begins with the address by the governor, which is followed by a series of hearings by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees over the next several weeks.

Hess said there will be a great deal of input coming from all stakeholders in the transportation arena.

“Obviously as we go forward, the Senate will have its own ideas, and will present them in due time, as will the leaders of the House,” said Hess. “The goal is to combine the concerns into a plan that will obtain the support of the General Assembly, and get a signature from the governor.”

Hess said action is needed now, and must not be delayed.

“The time has come to take action to revitalize our transportation infrastructure, which is the life blood of the economy of Pennsylvania,” said Hess. “We must create an agreed-to strategy which will not only serve the short-term, but the long-term, needs of our Commonwealth.”

Representative Dick Hess
78th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Raymond Smith
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