One of the primary responsibilities of our Commonwealth is the maintenance, repair and construction of our core infrastructure, especially our state roads and bridges.
Representative Metcalfe opposed the Corbett gas tax increase (Act 89 of 2013), which included over 130 tax, fee and fine increases on hardworking Pennsylvanians. The Corbett gas tax increase also included a nearly $500 million increase a year for Pennsylvania’s two largest mass transit systems, SEPTA and Port Authority of Allegheny County.
State government already collects more than $6 billion annually for the Commonwealth’s core infrastructure. Representative Metcalfe supports numerous other initiatives to maintain our core infrastructure needs without raising taxes, including:
•Eliminating the union-inflated prevailing wage;
•Cutting the Department of Welfare budget by a mere 10 percent, which would generate over $1 billion in revenue;
•Using the revenue from the sale of the state-owned liquor store monopoly, which is also expected to generate over $1 billion in revenue;
•Eliminating the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, which currently employs one executive for every 60 miles of roadway;
•Prohibiting the State Transportation Commission (STC) from diverting any of Pennsylvania’s allocation of federal funding dedicated to highways and bridges for the subsidization of mass transit; and,
•Requiring the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to publicly auction at least 300,000 acres of state owned land over 3 years for natural gas exploration and development.
Throughout his tenure in office, Representative Metcalfe has continually supported core infrastructure projects in his legislative district, including the Route 228 and Freedom Road corridor projects.
However, Representative Metcalfe has no vote in the prioritization of road projects in Butler County. Funding for road projects in Pennsylvania is prioritized by two entities: the State Transportation Commission (STC) and the Metropolitan Planning Organization, which for Butler County is the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC).
More information about who is really responsible for prioritizing funding for transportation projects, including Route 228, is available here.
Other Infrastructure Resources
PennDOT District 10: District 10 is the Engineering District responsible for the roadways in Butler County. The website also provides up-to-date information on roadwork projects in Butler County.