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Democratic Plan Improves Transportation Infrastructure and Creates Jobs

Transportation Special Session News Conference
May 22 - Sen. Yudichak speaks at Capitol news conference on transportation

While state budget negotiations will commandeer the legislative schedule throughout the month of June, we cannot afford to wait any longer to address funding improvements to our deteriorating transportation infrastructure.

The public’s safety on our roads and bridges is paramount and not only does Pennsylvania have more structurally deficient bridges than any other state, but an estimated 22.8 million vehicles cross those deficient bridges every day.

Last week, I joined state Sen. Mike Stack and my other Senate Democratic colleagues to call on the legislature to convene a Special and Extraordinary Session of the General Assembly to consider a long-term solution to transportation infrastructure improvement and funding.

It has been proven that investing in transportation and infrastructure creates jobs and stimulates the economy. In Northeastern Pennsylvania, unemployment is higher than the national average and our roads and bridges are deteriorating. The lack of action is holding back our economy and threatening our safety. We need to act so that we can move the economy forward and protect the safety of Pennsylvanians.

Additionally, on Friday, June 1 at 11:00 a.m., I have invited local leaders and my colleagues from the Senate Democratic Caucus to join me at a news conference in Luzerne County to discuss the details of the Senate Democratic Caucus’ infrastructure investment plan. The news conference will take place in the grass area off of Exit 2 on Route 29 North, the South Cross-Valley Expressway.

Our plan involves creative new solutions to leverage existing federal, state and private resources in support of $2.8 billion in new infrastructure investment that will not only create thousands of jobs for Pennsylvanians in the short term, but that will add to our economic vitality and competitiveness in the long run.

This plan will not only put Pennsylvanians back to work, but it will provide the necessary funding to move forward on critical transportation projects in my district like the Thomas McCall Bridge in Carbon County and the South Valley Parkway project in Luzerne County.

By addressing a viable, long-term solution to funding transportation and infrastructure upgrades, we will not only improve the quality and safety of our roads and bridges, but we will create thousands of jobs and encourage business development.

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While I opposed the passage of legislation that will suppress and discourage voter participation, House Bill 934 was signed into law and will take effect in November’s election. It is imperative that all Pennsylvanians are aware of the provisions contained in the law so that everyone obtains the photo identification required to vote in November.

My staff and I will gladly answer any questions about the new Voter ID law and assist you in applying for an accepted state-issued ID. I strongly encourage everyone to take the steps now so that every vote counts in this year’s general election and all future elections.

For comprehensive information on the types of ID that qualify and how to apply for a free ID, click here.

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