State Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, was one of the lawmakers who voted against a major transportation plan on Monday, before voting in favor of it Tuesday.
Why’d he change his mind?
He said one of the main reasons was because of changes the legislation would make to prevailing wage rules for transportation projects.
“This is the only vehicle that really is there to get it done,” Grove said.
The legislation would increase the threshold for when prevailing wage applies for public transportation projects from $25,000 to $100,000.
Grove said he received assurances from leadership that the prevailing wage changes would not be eliminated from the legislation in the Senate. He said the prevailing wage threshold hasn’t changed in more than 50 years.
“This is landmark. This is the largest movement we’ve ever seen,” Grove said.
Grove said leadership didn’t put much pressure on members to pass the transportation plan.
“They worked with members. Obviously, if you’re a no and always going to be no, they’ll leave you alone,” he said.
Grove has received criticism from conservative groups over the vote. The legislation would gradually eliminate the cap on the Oil Company Franchise Tax, a tax on the the average wholesale price of gasoline. Motorist fees would also increase.
Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania earlier this week posted a list of lawmakers who changed their votes.
“There is very little time left to stop this massive tax hike. If your Representative is listed, contact them immediately,” the organization said in the post.
“Want to ask Seth Grove why he flipped in person? Show up to his town hall meeting at the West Manchester municipal building tonight,” the post says.
The meeting will take place at the township municipal building at 6:30 p.m. at 380 E. Berlin Road.