Ward Calls for Governor to Put his Money…Where his Mouth Is

Greensburg, PA – Senator Kim Ward today called for Governor Ed Rendell to put his money where his mouth is and pledge his discretionary Redevelopment and Capital Assistance Program (R.C.A.P.) dollars toward capital transportation infrastructure projects statewide.

“Governor Ed Rendell is travelling the state on his bus to tell Pennsylvanians how critical it is to have their gas taxes raised and their registration fees increased for crucial transportation projects.  Instead of reaching further into our pockets, he should first empty his and pledge his discretionary capital dollars to plug the transportation gap,” stated Ward.  “While I voted against raising the R.C.A.P. debt ceiling, the legislation passed and those funds should be redirected to critical transportation needs.”

“I agree that transportation is a top priority statewide and is critical for current and future economic development.  That is why it makes perfect sense to amend the authorized uses of R.C.A.P. funding for roads and bridges,” Ward said.  “We already rank in the top one third of all states in gas taxes according to the American Petroleum Institute,” she finished.

The 2010-2011 budget deal included over $300 Million in additional capital funding for Governor Rendell to dole out including a $10 Million library named after U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, and $20 Million for ballpark expansion at PNC Field in Wilkes Barre- Scranton, PA.

“The Commonwealth Foundation recently released statistics showing that transportation funding has increased by 53% including a 191% increase in mass transit,” said Ward.  “It begs the question whether new money is the answer to our road problems; or a better way of managing existing funding is needed,” Ward concluded.

Contact:  Tom Aikens
(724) 600-7002