Dec. 13, 2023

HARRISBURG – Seeking to ensure continued savings for Pennsylvania municipalities on important transportation infrastructure projects, Rep. Mike Cabell (R-Luzerne) today introduced legislation that would prevent the pending expiration of a state grant program’s critical local match waiver.

PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Program provides grants for projects across multiple modes of transportation that are coordinated with local land use needs. As part of the effort to assist municipalities that are undertaking such projects, the General Assembly has annually waived the 30% local match requirements for municipalities since 2017. Under current law, this provision is scheduled to expire on Dec. 31.

“The language necessary to extend the expiration date has always been included in budget implementation legislation. However, the 2023-24 budget remains unfinished, creating a serious problem for municipalities that rely on the program and the local match waiver to fund their transportation projects,” said Cabell. “House Bill 1912 would make the waiver permanent, so that transportation funding for municipalities is not held hostage to future budget delays.”

Cabell noted that based on information provided by the Shapiro administration, any pending application that has not been awarded as of Dec. 31 will be required to meet the 30% local match, creating severe financial hardships for many municipalities. House Bill 1912 would provide an immediate resolution and allow municipalities to move forward with projects without concern.

Representative Mike Cabell
117th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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