Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9) gets credit for Act 130 which began as SB 1054 and was signed into law by Gov. Corbett on Dec. 22. It provides for the capital budget for Fiscal Year 2011-2012. Pileggi got a unanimous vote for the bill in the Senate. The House passed it with 75 dissenters who included the more conservative Republicans and the saner Democrats.
The bill borrows $1.6 billion with $450 million of that going to 197 projects in Philadelphia.
Among the things this borrowed billion-plus will be used for are:
— $10 million for the Janney Montgomery Scott Headquarters
— $2.5 million for Mount Airy Transit Village, a vacant lot.
–$2.197 million for Comcast Towers, a portion of the $30 million appropriated for Comcast.
–$850,000 for House of Imoja which is affiliated with Philadelphia Congressman Chak Fattah.
— $3 million for the Chelten and Pulaski revitalization project which is opposed by the neighborhood residents.
Representative Rosita Youngblood (D-198) introduced HB 2030 in November in an effort to bring accountability and some timely information as to the costs and benefits of the projects. It doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Liberty Index subtracted 50 points from a legislator’s grade for a “yea” vote and added 50 points for a “nay” vote. Gov. Corbett, of course, lost 50 points.
Pileggi’s primary opponent, Rogers Howard, has been outspokenly critical of this act.