Transportation funding panel pushes $15.6 billion package
A transportation funding commission set up by Gov. Tom Wolf to find ways to end Pennsylvania’s reliance on its gas tax will issue a $15.6 billion package of recommendations, which lean heavily on shifting to a vehicle-miles-traveled fee that numerous states are exploring.
The Transportation Revenue Options Commission reviewed its final recommendations at a Wednesday meeting, with the final report to be handed over Friday.
It faces an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled Legislature, and is expected to kick off a debate that could last years.
Wolf’s Department of Transportation, meanwhile, said the state’s current-year highway and bridge budget for construction and maintenance is $8.8 billion, less than half of the $18.1 billion that is needed to keep Pennsylvania’s highways and bridges in good condition and ease major traffic bottlenecks.
Parents killed, gunman dead, 2 officers injured in shooting
A man who called 911 to report he had shot and killed his parents later opened fire on police who responded to the family’s home in western Pennsylvania, injuring two officers, authorities said.
The man then drove away from the Mount Lebanon home and led officers on a car chase before he crashed the vehicle. He was then found dead from what authorities believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The 25-year-old man reported the shooting around 12:15 a.m. Thursday, saying his parents were dead and he wanted to surrender, authorities said. The man said he had argued with his parents — a 65-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman — inside their home. The names of the man and his parents were not released.
Officers arrived at the residence and made contact with the man, but he soon started shooting and police responded with gunfire, authorities said. A Dormont police officer was shot in the torso during the exchange, but was not seriously injured because he was wearing a bulletproof vest, authorities said. He was treated at a hospital and was later released.
County declines election audit without new voting machines
A rural Pennsylvania county formally declined to participate in an Arizona-style “forensic investigation” of the state’s 2020 presidential election sought by backers of former President Donald Trump, saying Thursday it would need new voting machines paid for and delivered within three weeks.
The three commissioners in Republican-controlled Tioga County had said two weeks ago that they would not allow third-party access to the county’s voting machines for fear of seeing them decertified by the state just weeks before preparations must begin for November’s election.
In a Thursday letter to Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano, the commissioners said they were declining his sweeping request for access to documents, information and equipment “at this time.”
The Associated Press