Pennsylvania has a lot of bridges, in case you haven't noticed.
And most of them are old, which you probably have noticed.
And because of that, Pennsylvania leads the nation with 5,543 structurally deficient bridges out of the nation's 22,667 structurally deficient bridges, almost a quarter of the total. Lycoming County alone has 108 structurally deficient bridges.
Adding to the problem is the fact that these bridges are "off-system bridges," meaning they aren't on the federal-aid highway system but are owned and operated by local government.
And in case you haven't noticed, local governments can't afford to pay for the repairs in most of those cases.
With that in mind, Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, a Scranton Democrat, has introduced legislation to enhance funding already approved last year for the bridges by an additional 15 percent.
It's needed money that affects 65 bridges in Lycoming County.
With all the wasteful spending we read and hear about daily concerning federal spending, this stands out as practical spending that answers a need. That's what your tax dollars are supposed to do.
It beats the heck out of allocating hundreds of thousands of dollars on lavish hotels, hot tubs, parties and acting lessons for Internal Revenue Service convention attendees.
There will be lots of talk about what federal money shouldn't be spent on in the coming weeks of budget discussions. This falls into the legitimate expense category.