PennDOT could fix more roads, bridges, if gas tax didn’t fund police, Auditor General says

Ed Blazina | Thursday, April 25, 2019, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania governors and legislative leaders of both parties for years have tapped various cash cows to pay for transportation services and avoid a general tax increase.

But now some of that revenue is endangered, leaving leaders scrambling.

State police, for example, are receiving more than $700 million this year from the state’s Motor License Fund to patrol state-owned highways. The primary use of the fund, which gets most of its money from the 57.6-cents-a-gallon state gasoline tax, the nation’s highest, is to build and maintain the state’s roads and bridges.

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