Langerholc to Host Senior Expo on Thursday in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN – Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) is hosting a Senior Expo on Thursday, Sept. 29, at East Hills Recreation, 101 Community College Way, Johnstown, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This expo gives residents the opportunity to learn about resources and programs provided by state government, as well as local nonprofit and community groups in the area. It will offer a variety of prize drawings provided by vendors, health screenings and educational seminars.

“This senior expo will be a great opportunity to learn about local programs and community groups, as well as visit with other residents. I look forward to seeing everyone there.” Langerholc said.

There is no need to RSVP for this event. For additional information, please call 814-266-2277 or visit senatorlangerholc.com/.

 

CONTACT:

Gwenn Dando

Media Advisory: City of Johnstown’s RAISE Grant Roundtable Discussion

Johnstown:  Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, will convene a roundtable discussion with State and Local officials to receive updates on the City of Johnstown’s $24 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program.

WHO:  Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, as well as State and Local officials

WHAT:  Roundtable discussion on City of Johnstown’s RAISE Grant

WHEN:  Thursday, September 15 at 1 p.m.

WHERE:  Central Park Complex, 5th Floor, 110 Franklin Street, Courtroom 5, Johnstown, PA 15901

The event is open to the public and media.

 

Contact:  Nolan Ritchie (Sen. Langerholc)

Senate Transportation Committee Holding Public Hearing on Improving Pennsylvania’s Major Bridges

JOHNSTOWN – Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr., (R-35), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, will hold a public hearing tomorrow to collect testimony on Act 84 of 2022 and improving Pennsylvania’s major bridges.

Who:  Senate Transportation Committee and Senate Transportation Committee Chair Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr.

What:  Public hearing on Act 84 of 2022 and improving Pennsylvania’s major bridges, specifically how the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will deliver nine major bridges without toll revenue.

When: Wednesday, August 24, at 1 p.m.

Where:  Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, 112 Washington Place, 4th Floor, South Room, Pittsburgh, PA.  Livestream will also be available on https://www.pasenategop.com/ and facebook.com/PASenateGOP.

The event is open to the public and media.

 

CONTACT:

Nolan Ritchie (Sen. Langerholc)

Public Hearing on Act 84 and improving Pennsylvania’s major bridges

Senate Transportation Committee
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 | 1:00 p.m.

Southwestern PA Commission
112 Washington Place, 4th Floor, South Room
Pittsburgh, PA


Agenda

“Act 84 of 2022 and Improving Pennsylvania’s Major Bridges”

Schedule

1:00 p.m. Welcoming Remarks

  • Housekeeping
  • Committee Member Introductions
  • Swearing-in of Testifiers

1:05 p.m. Roundtable Panel

  • Larry Shifflet, Deputy Secretary for Planning, PA Department of Transportation – Testimony
  • Robert Latham, Executive Vice President, Associated PA Constructors, and George Mezey, Vice President, Trumbull Corporation – Testimony
  • Roseline Bougher Testimony, President, A.D. Marble & Co., and Gary Graham, P.E., Regional Chief Engineer, McMahon Associates, American Council of Engineering Companies-PA – Testimony

2:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Supplemental TestimonyCDR Maguire Engineering

Langerholc Issues Statement on State Budget Passage

HARRISBURG – Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) issued the following statement following the passage of the 2022-23 budget:

“At a time when our nation is facing record inflation and a disastrous federal response, the people of Pennsylvania should know that this budget executes fiscal restraint while ensuring key services are funded.”

The Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget adheres to conservative fiscal management while meeting key initiatives and adding $2.1 billion to the Rainy Day Fund:

  • Additional $100 million for School Safety and Security Grants.
  • Additional $100 million for School Mental Health Grants.
  • Additional $175 million for highways and bridges.
  • An end to the P3 Bridge Tolling Initiative.
  • Economic growth tools.
  • Extension of time for KOZ in Cambria County.
  • Airport Land Development Zone.

Senate Bill 1100 now goes to the governor’s desk for enactment into law.

 

Contact: Gwenn Dando

Langerholc Reaches Compromise to End Bridge Tolling

HARRISBURG – The Senate of Pennsylvania unanimously passed legislation today led by Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, to stop the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) from imposing new tolls on existing bridges with a Public-Private Transportation Partnership (P3).

“Bipartisan compromise was reached on my Senate Bill 382 to save over 550,000 daily motorists from paying a new toll on major bridges that drive local economies,” said Langerholc. “As elected leaders, our duty to this Commonwealth will require tremendous action to preserve our freeways for future generations.”

Langerholc was appointed chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee in January 2021, and the committee’s first public hearing was on PennDOT’s P3 bridge tolling initiative. In February 2021, Langerholc introduced Senate Bill 382 to reform the P3 statute and end PennDOT’s P3 bridge tolling initiative. Following the Senate’s passage of the bill in April 2021, Langerholc unveiled the DRIVE SMART Act in June 2021 to reform and invest in the Commonwealth’s transportation system. The House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 382 in November 2021 and returned it to the Senate for concurrence.

Senate Bill 382, as amended, is agreed-to with Gov. Wolf, who previously intended to veto the bill. Following extensive negotiations, this legislation now includes the following:

  • Increases transparency by requiring PennDOT to publish a detailed analysis and requiring PennDOT to distribute a copy of the P3 Board’s resolution.
  • Incorporates public comments by creating a new 30-day public comment period prior to the P3 Board’s voting meeting.
  • Creates a checks-and-balance by reducing the scope of PennDOT’s power to optional user fees for new infrastructure and ensuring the General Assembly has more time to assess any transportation projects passed by the P3 Board.
  • Rescinds the PennDOT Pathways Major Bridge P3 Initiative and limits the scope to the nine candidate bridges (instead of any major bridge in the State) without user fees.
  • Saves taxpayer dollars by allowing PennDOT to preserve the preliminary designs and engineering plans for the nine candidate bridges. 

“I had serious concerns with PennDOT’s authority to essentially tax and appropriate funds without additional oversight from the General Assembly,” said Langerholc. “At a time when the price of gas is hitting historic records under the Biden Administration, we had to stop PennDOT from adding more costs on Pennsylvania’s hardworking families.”

The compromise to the bill was reached following the Commonwealth Court’s two rulings against PennDOT’s oppressive overreach. The last order issued by the Commonwealth Court on June 30, 2022, voided the entire Major Bridge P3 Initiative.

Video: Sen. Langerholc speaks on Senate Bill 382.

 

Contact:

Nolan Ritchie, 717-787-5400

 

Senate Republican Leaders Applaud Court Ruling Halting Wolf’s Bridge Tolling Plan

HARRISBURG – Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte), Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) and Senate Transportation Committee Chair Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) issued the following statement today following a Commonwealth Court ruling that blocks the Wolf Administration from moving forward with its bridge tolling plan:

“Today’s ruling is a victory for millions of Pennsylvania motorists who would have been impacted by Governor Wolf’s bridge tolling scheme. The new tolls would have taken more money out of the pockets of drivers at a time when families can least afford new financial burdens – all without being properly vetted or approved by the people’s elected representatives.

“For years, the Wolf Administration has repeatedly tried to exceed its authority and ignore the separation of powers in state government. We are thankful the Commonwealth Court prevented this plan from being implemented.

“Government functions best when all parties are involved in negotiating a final product together. We remain ready and willing to engage with Governor Wolf, our colleagues in the House, and all other stakeholders to discuss how we should fund our road and bridge projects moving forward.”

 

CONTACT:           Jason Thompson (Corman)

                                Erica Clayton Wright (Ward)

                                Gwenn Dando (Langerholc)

Langerholc: Major Bridge P3 Initiative Halted by Commonwealth Court

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania today declared Gov. Tom Wolf’s Major Bridge P3 Initiative void ab initio.

Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, applauded the court’s decision, “Today’s decision is a win for all Pennsylvanians. A win for all those who stood with us fighting this oppressive overreach. And a win for Pennsylvania businesses who were arbitrarily shut out of the process.”

Langerholc held several hearings to better understand how PennDOT was authorized to move forward with few details and without approval from the General Assembly. Langerholc also sponsored Senate Bill 382, which would require the P3 process to be more transparent while stopping this current initiative.

This order voids the entire Major Bridge P3 Initiative, including the following bridges:

 

CONTACT: Nolan Ritchie

Meeting to consider SB167, SB 1123, SB 1249, SB1299, HB 140, HB 1486, HB 2526

Senate Transportation Committee

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


AGENDA

Meeting to consider SB167, SB 1123, SB 1249, SB1299, HB 140, HB 1486, HB 2526

Langerholc Issues Statement on Increased Passenger Rail Service in Western Pennsylvania

JOHNSTOWN – Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, issued a statement today regarding the historic agreement to commence passenger rail improvements:

“Today’s agreement moves us one step closer to increased passenger service. This has been a top legislative priority of mine since being elected to the Senate and is the culmination of broad bipartisan work across many levels. The agreement will provide for the construction of upgraded rail lines, passenger platforms and other critical improvements. I look forward to the day in the very near future when Western Pennsylvanians will have additional trains.”

Today’s statement is in addition to Sen. Langerholc’s statement circulated on February 18, 2022, when he attended a press conference announcing the initial plans.

 

Contact: Nolan Ritchie