I wrote a letter in June to my state senator, Don White, R-Indiana, expressing my concern about the price of fuel if the new transportation-funding package was approved. The good folks of Armstrong County already have a hard time paying for fuel, especially since our per capita income, according to census.gov, is 14 percent lower than the rest of the state.
His response stated that “the flat tax on gas paid by consumers would be lowered 17 percent over the next two years.” The headlines from our news outlets are much different. WPXI said, “Sheetz ... said bluntly it will pass along the higher wholesale tax.” And PennDOT reports a 9.5-cent-per-gallon tax increase on unleaded fuel.
That means we will see a 17 percent increase at the pump on Jan. 1 because of the bill White favored. And what will happen in 2015?
Instead of passing a budget with no tax increase, our elected officials in Harrisburg have again attacked the empty pockets of rural Pennsylvania.
For Armstrong County residents, this is essentially a wage cut. It means less money to spend at local small businesses and less money to feed our families.
As a fellow Republican, I'm disappointed. This is not the Christmas present we were hoping for.
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