Congressman Paul Kanjorski applauded the rejection of tolling I-80 as did Conressman Chris Carney. The state of Pennsylvania will now have to scramble to find a way to plug a $470 million gap in the budget to maintain our roads and bridges. Kanjo was joined in opposition to tolling the road by just about every other elected official in the area except State Rep and Senate candidate John Yudichak who had the balls to vote for the plan.
Gov. Rendell said Without alternate revenue sources, Pennsylvania will not have money to pave 300 miles of highway annually and repair 100 structurally deficient bridges each year.
The alternative is A 2006 PennDOT study that had recommended higher gasoline taxes and vehicle registration fees, but legislators were reluctant to do that, and came up with Act 44 as a substitute.
So we have 3 choices here folks.
1. Put tolls on I-80 like many other states. Which has already been shot down.
2. Raise the gas tax. Since the Republicans control the state senate you can probably rule that out because their be all and end all is lower taxes.
3. Wait for some disaster to happen like a bridge collapsing killing a lot of people then the state government will go into panic pass mode like what happened in Minnesota a few years ago.
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