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Sen. Kim Ward The transportation department counted on the federal government to come through with some pandemic-relief aid, which never materialized. Borrowing money was considered a last resort, Gramian said. During the Legislature’s post-election push to finalize a budget to allow state government operations to continue for the remaining seven months of the fiscal year, the borrowing option surfaced. PennDOT tried to get look at this the authority to borrow $600 million and sought to have that provision included into a budget-related bill. Borrowing that amount would allow the department to address its cash flow problems to avoid a transportation project shutdown, according to PennDOT officials. But the last-minute attempt to obtain that borrowing authority failed. Lawmakers say PennDOT’s immediate need for a substantial amount of cash caught them by surprise. “We worked with the [Gov. Tom Wolf’s] administration on all the budget bills and they didn’t bring this up at all,” said House GOP spokesman Jason Gottesman. “Nobody knew this was a problem.” A spokeswoman for the governor pushed back on that statement.

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/11/in-days-pa-road-and-bridge-construction-projects-could-be-shut-down-putting-thousands-out-of-work.html

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