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Letter to the editor: Use tolls for roads

| Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 9:00 p.m.

The ongoing lawsuit regarding turnpike tolls is not complicated in my simple mind (“Truckers seek injunction in turnpike case”).

Article VIII, Section 11 of the Pennsylvania Constitution is very specific, paraphrasing: All revenue derived from liquid fuel, taxes, motor vehicle fees, driver's license fees, etc. shall be used only for the construction of roads and bridges and the safety and maintenance thereof. These funds shall not be used for any other purpose. To me this means no mass transit systems, no parks, no trails or other feel-good projects. Safety has been interpreted as state police patrols.

The Federal Highway Commission has ruled that tolls collected on interstate highways may only be used on those roads where the tolls are collected. This sounds pretty clear to me. Stop using highway funds to shore up other voids in the state budget and pet projects.

Bob Hawk


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