Radio PA Roundtable – May 22-25, 2015

On this week’s Radio PA Roundtable, a special edition of the show featuring three of Pennsylvania’s academic superstars who competed in last weeks Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh. You’ll meet them and hear about the projects that landed them in this prestigious competition.

Happy Memorial Day!

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Governor to Lawmakers: Let’s Get It Together

Governor Tom Corbett used Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge as a backdrop to once again call for a compromise plan to fund Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure needs and mass transit.

The governor has his blueprint which would raise about $1.8 billion per year, while Senate Republicans introduced their own plans which they say would generate $2.5 billion annually. Transportation funding is one of the major issues the governor is calling for lawmakers to resolve before breaking for the summer. He’s also pushing for pension reform, liquor privatization and an on-time state budget in the 23 days that remain before the end of the fiscal year.

The governor says 4,000 bridges in Pennsylvania have been declared structurally deficient, to go along with 10,000 miles of roadways considered to be in poor condition. There has been no significant change in the system to fund PA’s roads and bridges since the mid 1990s, when then-Governor Tom Ridge led the effort to institute a gas tax increase.