So now Gov. Corbett has signed a “transportation bill” that will raise registration and other motor-vehicle fees in addition to incrementally raising the gasoline tax — to possibly the highest level in the country. The reasoning for this: We need money to repair our roads and bridges.
While that sounds good in front of cameras/media, I question whether the influx of money actually will go toward infrastructure improvements. It already includes a good chunk to go to mass transportation (when is it enough, already, for this black hole of funds?). If it is put into the state's general fund, it will just be spent on Port Authority raises, pensions for fat-cat government employees and other political pork projects, and nothing will be accomplished (except the new taxes).
Just look at the Johnstown flood tax of 1936 — we're still paying it on wine and liquor to this day. Time to pack up and move south, to a more business-friendly state, because there's no intelligent life left here in Pennsylvania's government.
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