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Local senator comments on transportation funding plan

June 10, 2013

The state Senate last week approved a funding plan aimed at upgrading transportation infrastructure....

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Jun-10-13 7:29 AM

Why does the story not reveal what the new fees will be? It only addresses all the money that will be spent on projects. For example...instead of paying a vehicle registration fee once a year for $36.00 we will now pay $104.00 and it is only good for 2 years....

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Jun-10-13 7:58 AM

The wholesale gas tax will be increasing by 28.5 cents a gallon and the increased fees for drivers' licenses and registration will cost about $130 per year. On top of that, we'll be giving PENNDOT, an organization we all know is fiscally responsible (NOT), all of this new financing with no additional safeguards in place to ensure the money is being used responsibly. Gotta love PA!

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Jun-10-13 8:55 AM

the "funding" comes out of our pockets. Why not just call it what it is, a tax. wait until the full details are available. I'm sure there are serveral other fee increases that will hit our pockets.

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Jun-10-13 12:25 PM

You have that right JohnJr. Yaw is getting us to pay for the roads so his beloved natural gas industry can rape our state more efficiently, and in the process he will personally make some money. Check out Senate Bills 738 and 739 for fun as well. These are Yaw sponsored pieces of legislation that cut funding to make buildings more efficient and use that funding to build infrastructure to get the natural gas to these buildings so they can burn it to heat them. Does that make sense? Make them less efficient and then heat them with the gas that makes Yaw money. That is pure and simple corruption. And people still vote him. Fools!

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Jun-10-13 1:42 PM

I spent the morning studying this bill and all the twists and turns, this bill will not address deficient roads or bridges to any extent. Just another example of an increase in taxes. Our problem is not a shortage of transportation dollars, it's a lack of prioritization. Pa spends more than 26 other states on transportation and still we have some of the worst in the nation. Every dollar that is spent on unnecessary beautification projects uses up the funding that should be going to vital highway and bridge repairs. A core responsibility of state government is in fixing and maintenance of roads and bridges and should take priority over such state programs as the billions of dollars in handouts and subsidies for sport stadiums, corporate headquarters, and Hollywood film productions. Redirecting non-essential government spending to the essential would go along ways to minimizing the impact of new taxes and fees. Do the right thing for a change and cut the fat.

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Jun-10-13 6:40 PM

I do not favor increased fees and taxes, but the PennDOT prevailing wage rule wastes our money.

I am delighted to see the funds for the Central Susquehanna Expressway which will eliminate the chaos of Selinsgrove.

This will make it easier for residents of our area to use the Harrisburg airport as well.

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Jun-10-13 8:31 PM

If signed into law, motorists would pay $50.50 for a driver's license that would be valid for six years, instead of the $29.50 they pay now for one that lasts four years, and they would pay $104 for their vehicle registration every two years, instead of $36 annually.

Drivers who violate traffic laws, such as speeding or running a red light, would also face a $100 surcharge on tickets, as well as an increase in fines for failure to obey traffic-control devices from $25 to a sliding scale of $100 to $300.

My objection is that 1/4th of the money would go for mass transit which benefits WHO?????? Not the majority of small towns and cities in the state!

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Jun-11-13 1:20 AM

Funny how tax increases in this article are considered investing. The current administration in Washington has been saying the same thing for years and has been excoriated for it. Now, when this "investing" occurs closer to home and under a Republican state administration, it's ok.

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