A bad bill

| Thursday, June 13, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Hopefully, the Pennsylvania Senate's $2.5 billion transportation bill will not become law.

Our esteemed benefactors in Harrisburg think of the citizens as cash cows to be milked over and over. We are serfs to an elite ruling class of state senators and representatives to whom we provide a lavish living complete with free lifetime health insurance and $82,000 salaries for what — maybe six months of work?

This bill creates a traffic-enforcement-for-profit racket, boosting citations by $100. Now that's an incentive for more speed traps and more dangerous red-light ticket cameras.

Yep, we need more money for roads so we can keep funding our legislators' guaranteed pay and pension raises and funneling money to their favored contractors.

Harrisburg must stop preying on drivers. Harrisburg must stop wasting highway taxes on airports, rail freight, water ports, walking and biking routes, petting zoos and museums. The taxes called “license and registration fees” need to be reduced, not increased. Does anyone in Harrisburg know that we're in a virtual depression and millions are out of work? I guess not.

Common thieves used to commit highway robbery. Now our legislators and bureaucrats handle that function. Who says government can't do a better job than the private sector?

Let's finally put a stop to it by rejecting the Senate transportation bill.

Tom McCarey

Berwyn, Delaware County

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