Pennsylvania lawmakers passed a $4 billion package on Thursday that includes a $2 billion road funding bill and a $1.5 billion highway funding package.
The bill, which Gov.
Tom Wolf signed into law, was passed during a special session convened by Wolf’s Democratic-led legislature.
It has a bipartisan support.
Wolf says he wants to see the state reach $5 billion in its 2018-19 budget.
The state is expected to have a $5.5 trillion deficit, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
Wolf also has promised to spend $2.4 billion on repairing and repairing roads.
“We are on track to surpass our deficit this year,” Wolf said.
Pennsylvania has the highest unemployment rate in the country, and the state’s population is expected grow by nearly 1 million people by 2040, according to the Brookings Institution.
The state has the sixth highest number of uninsured people in the US, and it has the eighth highest uninsured rate among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Wolf also announced the construction of the Keystone State’s first new road in more than 50 years, with the state announcing it will be built by a consortium of private, state and federal companies.
This post has been updated to include a statement from Wolf.