Gov. Corbett's morning message to the legislature: stop playing politics and pass a transportation funding bill.
Corbett made the remarks after a bill signing this morning in the Capitol.
He segued into the matter by saying he wants to be back in his reception room in a few weeks for another bill signing: this time, on a measure adding billions of dollars in new funding for roads, bridges and mass transit in Pennsylvania.
"This is not a partisan issue," Corbett said, banging his hand on the podium to the beat of each word. "I don't see 'Democrat' or 'Republican' written on the roads or bridges, I don't see it on the transit system. And I think that point needs to be made."
He continued: "Are there Republicans who don't support this? Yes. Are there Democrats who don't support this? Yes....But if we truly care about the people of Pennsylvania, I strongly urge the legislature in the next two weeks ... to get this done."
Corbett did not specify which side he thought was playing politics. But his frustration at the lack of action on this issue - which is among his top three priorities this year - was evident. Corbett, who is up for reelection next year even as he struggles with sagging poll numbers, would benefit from a headline-grabbing legislative win.
And if there is any doubt he understands that, Corbett addressed it directly Wednesday: "I see some people thinking that if we don't pass a bill, it hurts me. It doesn't hurt me. It hurts the people of Pennsylvania. And I can't believe somebody would do that - put politics in front of the good of public safety."
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