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Traffic enforcement for profit

| Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 2:33 p.m.

Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee Chairman John Rafferty, R.-Montgomery, can take his steaming pile of new road taxes, put them in his hat and pull it down over his ears. Rep. Rafferty didn't notice (and what's to notice at his pay grade?) there's still a recession and the average serf — I mean Pennsylvanian — is having a devil of a time making ends meet.

What does Rafferty think will happen when $100 surcharges are added to traffic citations? We'll see stepped-up traffic enforcement for profit. We'll see an army of speed-trappers bringing home the bacon for PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission, which will then shovel money into their construction cronies' pockets like asphalt into a bottomless pothole.

There is more than enough money to repair all of the roads and bridges and build new highways to ease the current congestion. But in Pennsylvania., road taxes must also pay for cute little parks, museums, jogging and bike paths, and the biggest waste of our money — public transit.

Chairman Rafferty, please stop spending our money on non-highway projects.

Tom McCarey

Berwyn, Chester County

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