The PA House recently passed Senate Bill 382 which would reform the Public-Private Partnership statute (P3) to prevent bureaucratic taxation and void PennDOT’s plan to toll nine heavily used bridges throughout the Commonwealth. This legislation would require greater transparency and legislative approval of the department’s current tolling proposal as well as future similar proposals. While NFIB agrees there is a need to address transportation funding more broadly, staff expressed to the General Assembly that tolling of these bridges will have many unintended consequences, which need to be considered and debated by our elected representatives.
“Tolling will cause traffic patterns to shift as motorists avoid the tolls, and small and independent businesses near the bridges will struggle as their customer base decreases” said state director Greg Moreland.
SB 382 is now before the Senate on concurrence of House amendments.