Transportation bill passed; smart funding still a bridge too far
THE SUDDEN passage of a $2.3 billion transportation bill, first in the state House just a day after an initial failure and then quickly in the Senate, might be seen as the action of a modern, forward-looking Legislature.
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#1 Nov 21, 2013
The bill or the process. Which is/was worse?
Massive tax bill to make up for decades of negligence, incompetence, laziness and corruption. Your repair and maintain regularly so you don't have to do more costly extreme makeovers.
Then they sneak the bill back into the spotlight re-voting on the same bill that was legally voted down 24 hours earlier in the middle of the night with time for constituents time to contact their representatives and the reps time to contact their constituents with any possible changes.
They also tried to make it 'seem' like the drivers and vehicle owners were not already "shouldering" their burden of road repair-what the heck are the taxes and fees paid now by drivers and owners???
Pennsylvania politics, the same gooey mess that produces a Bud Dwyer-an innocent man by the way after someone admitted to perjury. Or elects and tolerates a governor that was in direct conflict of interest of his relationship with Penn St, Second Mile and prosecutors office. This is much the same legislative process and individuals that vote themselves a pay raise also late at night.
#2 Nov 22, 2013
The process my biggest concern here. Remember the late night pay raise in 2005.
By re-voting on the defeated bill 24 hours later they did NOT allow time for the public or representatives to react or think about it. This had a used car feel to it.
It seems obvious the administration also had meetings and coaching on how to sell this to the public. They were very careful to walk you through their arguments. They also tried subliminal techniques as well by saying things like "right" after an argument to plant the seed into your mind that this was a good idea. "planting the seed" is something they do in high pressure sales.
#3 Nov 25, 2013
If they used "smart" funding how come they didn't vote for a temporary tax increase or a temporary increase in all the fees and TAXES they are using for this specific set of projects.
California voted for temporary tax increase on what they felt was an important issue AND/or put it before individual citizens/voters and not just the politicians.
Or how come they just didn't use a bond issue like many states can and will do. Mass passed a 750 million bond issue for their transportation issues a year ago. A north eastern state with similar issues/conditions.
Supposedly they've been trying to get this bill passed for several years and yet things were so ' dire ' or 'desperate'. If things we're so bad how come a smaller funding bill wasn't used years ago.
If things were that bad and the legislatures that have been there for years or decades didn't do anything I would sue them for negligence, malfeasance and/or incompetence.
Are there expiration dates on the fee and tax increases once those projects are paid for?
Was a temporary tax option even explored?
Was a smaller bond issue considered?
Are these no bid OR incentive based contracts?
What other options were even considered?
WHO opposed other options and why?
A bill that had to be rammed through AFTER it was voted down wreaks of cronyism, corruption, favoritism, nepotism and/or politics and not need or the most practical solution.
#4 Nov 26, 2013
Conservatives want to repeal at least the gas tax part of the bill.
One 12 mile stretch of road in the northern part of the state to get almost 1/3, repeat one third of the money allocated for roads. 558 MILLION DOLLARS for one road. Route 15. 2024 is the completion date. And they talk about all the jobs it will bring-after? This isn't a repair for deteriorating roads it's a new extreme makeover.
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