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December 7, 2013

The sky is falling! Our bridges are crumbling! We are in grave danger! But, just in time, our State legislators have jumped up to save us....

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CMReeder

Dec-07-13 12:56 AM

Well Republicans can cut taxes only for so long and then when things get really bad and need repair they have to hike taxes higher than when they were cut.

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Capricorn1

Dec-07-13 5:08 AM

Chuck, when has PA lowered gas taxes? We are currently in the top 25% in the nation and the projected increases are expected to put us the highest in the nation. Do you think things have gotten really bad because of fiscal mismanagement and neglect over the years? Where is the accountability for the billions already collected in taxes and motorist fees? This is not a left or right issue, it's an accountability issue within a government department that has been going on for years.

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mikekerstetter

Dec-07-13 5:18 AM

Chuck, I'm thinking that if the Dems like Rendell would have used the gas tax money for the roads instead of giving it to prop up mass transit in a few select areas the roads wouldn't have gotten to this point.

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MrShaman

Dec-07-13 6:21 AM

"But, just in time, our State legislators have jumped up to save us." - Phil Buehrer

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You're suggesting such repairs will be LESS-expensive...if we wait an ADDITIONAL four-years...SERIOUSLY??

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MrShaman

Dec-07-13 6:24 AM

"Well Republicans can cut taxes only for so long and then when things get really bad and need repair they have to hike taxes higher than when they were cut." - CMReeder

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Sounds "kinda" familiar, huh??

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See:

Let the Bush Tax Cuts on the Wealthy Expire | Center for American Progress

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nalc50

Dec-07-13 6:52 AM

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eriklatranyi

Dec-07-13 6:52 AM

So, Gov Corbett did exactly what Democrats say Republicans should do..****promise and raise taxes.

Now, how many of you Democrats are going to vote for Gov Corbett's re-election?

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nalc50

Dec-07-13 6:57 AM

Who do you think is going to pay to have our highways and bridges repaired? Santa Claus! Past administrations couldn't get it done, they wanted to toll I80. And once against Mr Maribito votes no on a hard choice and hides in the corner. He's great at making presentations at basketball games in Loyalsock. Why not he's up for reection next year. A pro business state needs to make difficult decisions made if we are going to attract businesses. Thank the legislatures that had the backbone to vote yes. You don't drive you won't pay it.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Dec-07-13 6:59 AM

The Republicans had a gift dropped in their laps with the ACT 13 money; they were negligent to let it go to lots of other pork projects instead of diverting it to road and bridge repair. Now they look like the tax and spend Democrats.

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Capricorn1

Dec-07-13 7:29 AM

Who do you think is going to pay to have our highways and bridges repaired? -nalc50

You do realize this is just an extension of the 50 cents a gallon that is already taxed on each gallon don't you? Billions have been collected over the years and suddenly they realize that for some reason we have some of the worse roads and bridges in the nation. Why is that? Is it because a lack of money, or not managing the money they have been collecting over the years? You ask who we think is going to pay for it, we have been paying for it all along and expected the money to be used to maintain the roads and bridges so they don't get in the condition they are today. But hey it's government, when you have a problem you just throw more money at it instead of looking at current policies and procedures first and find out where waste can be cut and the system can be changed to be more financially proficient.

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CarlHiller

Dec-07-13 7:37 AM

Seems like elected Republicans like to continually shoot themselves in the foot. For a party that endlessly talks about smaller and more efficient government this bill ensures they lose the governorship and probably some House seats. One good thing that comes from this bill is that I believe it will raise speed limit to 70 MPH on certain roads which will be determined by PA DOT, I am sure at great expense.

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gavinf56

Dec-07-13 7:45 AM

"See:

Let the Bush Tax Cuts on the Wealthy Expire | Center for American Progress" - MrShaman

Let all of the Bush tax cuts expire!

See:

"Why Does the Center for American Progress' Budget Plan Embrace the Bush Tax Cuts?" - The American Prospect

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CarlHiller

Dec-07-13 8:30 AM

Redirecting state spending on corporate welfare to transportation would have made better use of taxpayers' dollars. PA spends about nearly $5 billion per year on what they term government incentive programs, I call it corporate welfare. Like the $1.65 billion in Sales tax refund, exemptions or other sales tax discounts in 2012, or, the $60 million in film Production Tax Credits for 2013. There is a whole list of funds that could be available to repair, maintain and build roads and bridges that taxpayers all already paying into state coffers that are of no direct or indirect benefit to the taxpayers. These are funds that could have been freed to fix our infrastructure without requiring a tax increase.

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CarlHiller

Dec-07-13 8:31 AM

Should have been "Like the $1.65 billion in Sales tax refund, exemptions or other sales tax discounts to Royal Dutch Shell in 2012. "

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CMReeder

Dec-07-13 8:36 AM

Here is some other things to consider. Cars are more fuel efficient meaning they use less gas per mile. Raising the speed limit increases gas consumption. Price of materials used in road and infrastructure construction has risen in cost. Years and years of neglect has caused an urgent need to repair or replace.

All Carl wants to do is take from one area of the budget to pay for another area of the budget.

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CMReeder

Dec-07-13 8:39 AM

Don't forget that states all 50 of them rely on federal monies to supplement their coffers. That has been cut also. You loose a source of funding you have to make it up somehow in order to keep roads and infrastructure travelable.

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gavinf56

Dec-07-13 8:49 AM

...and don't forget, we had a nearly over $700 billion federal stimulus package for those "shovel ready" infrastructure improvements.

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underwood

Dec-07-13 9:34 AM

Fuel taxes are quite properly justified as funds to be used to build and repair roads and bridges. Does it surprise anyone that government uses the funds for things other than building and repair of roads and bridges?

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spike2

Dec-07-13 9:47 AM

There are far better reasons to not vote for Corbett.

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rick424

Dec-07-13 9:49 AM

"And Sun-Gazette, where are you on this? "

Gee, I wonder.

As for the gas tax? Just less going out and spending my money in the local economy.

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gavinf56

Dec-07-13 10:01 AM

"Does it surprise anyone that government uses the funds for things other than building and repair of roads and bridges?" - underwood

Do you mean like the monies they received from the tobacco settlement?

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enigma

Dec-07-13 10:05 AM

As I recall, when the Republicans, including Corbett were refusing to raise the gas tax, the Democrats were insisting it had to be done, but now that the Republicans have finally given in to the 'necessity' to raise the tax, the Democrats are against it. Does anyone need any more proof that politicians are just playing a game using our money as the prize? In this case, the Republicans got what both parties really wanted, and the Democrats get to use it against them in the next election, even though they've wanted it all along. It's time to take the government out of the hands of the party machines and give it back to the people.

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enigma

Dec-07-13 10:08 AM

"As for the gas tax? Just less going out and spending my money in the local economy."-rick424

Gee, a liberal finally admitting that raising taxes is bad for the economy. It's a Christmas miracle.

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cheyenne

Dec-07-13 10:19 AM

Enigma's 10:05 post is the best I've seen for quite some time. Excellent!

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USABorn

Dec-07-13 10:20 AM

MrShaman - 6:21 AM

"You're suggesting such repairs will be LESS-expensive...if we wait an ADDITIONAL four-years...SERIOUSLY??"

Well, we just waited an ADDITIONAL EIGHT years with Rendell! Did it get any LESS-expensive?

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