Transportation Votes: Here’s Who Switched
Republicans favored the bill, 59 to 51. Democrats were primarily opposed, 39 to 52.
After a few minutes of chaotic parliamentary wrangling on the House floor, the chamber had a re-vote on the same bill (an amendment from Republican Rep, Nick Micozzie of Delaware County).
Supporters thought the close tally could persuade on-the-fence lawmakers to come on board. They were wrong.
The second vote was an even bigger defeat: 89 to 112. That time, Republicans opposed the measure 49 to 61 and Democrats opposed it 40 to 51.
So, who moved away from the bill? Mostly mainstream Republicans from central Pa.:
State Reps. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin), Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna), Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin), Kurt Masser (R-Columbia), Ron Miller (R-York), Duane Milne (R-Chester), Dan Moul (R-Adams), John Payne (R-Dauphin), Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) and Curtis Sonney (R-Erie) changed their Yeas to Nays.
Only one Democrat shifted his vote: Rep. Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster) changed his Nay to a Yea.
Who supported the bill? It’s geographic. Republicans and Democrats from southeastern Pa., where many more people rely on public transit, were much more likely to vote yea both times.
Republican critics cited their opposition to tax increases included in the legislation, while Democratic opponents said they would not support Micozzie’s proposed changes to the state’s prevailing wage laws (something many unions oppose).
House Republican leaders declined to bring up for a vote an amendment from Rep. Mike Hanna (D-Clinton) that would have provided the $2.3 billion in funding without the changes opposed by unions.