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Not A “Happy New Year”

By State Rep. Tommy Sankey
74th Legislative District

On Thursday, Nov. 21, the General Assembly sent to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk a plan to fund Pennsylvania’s infrastructure needs. Act 89 of 2013 will pay for improvements to our roads and bridges through tax increases on gasoline and diesel fuel that will inevitably be passed on to you, the consumer, as well as numerous increases in fees such as driver licenses and vehicle registration.

The controversial transportation funding plan came up for a vote four times that week. I voted against it on each occasion- three times as a proposed amendment to House Bill 106 and on final passage as House Bill 1060.

When I ran for office, I promised to defend the taxpayers in the 74th Legislative District, and my vote on transportation funding was simply an extension of that promise. While we need to address our infrastructure needs, taxpayers should NOT be the first option when looking for additional revenue.

The state budget currently appropriates 7 billion a year for PennDOT, but just hasn’t been able to fix the majority of bridges with that amount of money. The solution some believe lies in rising to the top of the list of highest gas tax rates in the nation. Before reaching into the taxpayers’ pockets yet again, state government spending, in my opinion, should have been prioritized to fix roads and bridges. There were many alternative bills to address our structural needs were proposed, but these bills never made it through committee. Our administration instead chose the most expensive route for the hard working taxpayer.

Nearly every business I know, many of which are family owned, is struggling and there are no bailouts for them. Nevertheless, the state Legislature reached into your back pocket to secure funding for road construction, bridge engineers and mass transit buses in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

This legislation is great....if you don’t own a car. It also works for anyone who rides the bus or train to work. But those of us in rural Pennsylvania should not have to pay for their commute.
Now that we are projected to raise more than $2 billion for PennDOT, all of our woes will supposedly be over. After all, what’s a hundred million dollars among friends?

We will now be reaching further into your wallet by charging an additional 28 cents per gallon for gas and 39 cents per gallon for diesel over a five-year period. Of course, I’m sure the oil companies will eat all of those costs and not pass any down to the consumers. No truer words were ever spoken by someone who has never been in business or signed a paycheck.

There is a glimmer of good news for construction workers who will see an increase in work volume. But in order for them to profit, the consumer must pay…..and pay you will as the cost of truckers doing business is passed along to not only the gas pump but to the grocery store shelf. Starting Jan 1, 2014, we will begin to see our increases. In spite of this, here’s wishing you a Happy New Year.

Representative Tommy Sankey
74th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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