HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Governor Tom Wolf announced his push for legislation to help pay for roads, bridges, and the State Police this morning.
This is the third time the Governor is supporting a bill to impose a fee on communities that depend on the State Police for their police protection. He contends some communities are not paying their fair share for protection. The Governor says in order to compensate, about $800 million dollars was taken from the motor license fund. That money had been earmarked for roads and bridges, but will now pay for state police.
Bills in both the House and Senate require municipalities to pay up.
“We should not be sacrificing the infrastructure, roads, the bridges that every single Pennsylvanian uses to cater to municipalities that simply don’t want to pay for their own police force,” Governor Wolf said.
The proposed fee schedule is on a sliding scale, ranging from $8 per person for municipalities with a population of up to 2,000 people to $166 dollars a person for communities with a population over 20,000 people.
The fee is expected to raise about $104 million dollars for the State Police.
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