Road-funding pitfalls II
Colin McNickle's column “‘Orwellian politspeak' on gas tax hike” was a good article, and I'd like to add something. For years, PennDOT has been stealing our gas-tax money to fund mass transit.
Article 8, Section 11 of the Pennsylvania Constitution specifically limits the use of liquid fuels taxes and motor license fund proceeds to construction and maintenance of roads and bridges. It further states that funds shall not be transferred or diverted for any other purpose (except short-term loans). This means mass transit is specifically excluded from receiving gas-tax funding.
Several years ago, under Gov. Rendell, I believe, mass transit was thrown into PennDOT, which I believe was a ploy to circumvent the state Constitution. This subject comes up every year when our mass-transit systems are back at the trough for money and raising the liquid fuels tax is proposed as the answer.
Our gas tax money is for roads and bridges, period!
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