Transportation Legislation Short-Changes Drivers

State Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks) issued the following statement today regarding the passage of new transportation funding legislation:

"Today, I voted against legislation for transportation funding that would essentially dump billions of dollars into Philadelphia and Pittsburgh’s mass transit systems at the cost of thousands of Pennsylvania drivers.

"House Bill 1590 calls for several new tolls on I-80 and higher tolls--25 percent higher in 2009 and 3 percent higher each year thereafter on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, with revenue going to support SEPTA and the Port Authority of Allegheny County.  Once again, the entire Commonwealth is forced to bail out the antiquated and poorly-managed mass-transit systems in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

"Do not be fooled.  If something looks like a tax, sounds like a tax, and acts like a tax--it is a tax.  Calling this revenue a 'toll' or 'user fee' does not change the fact that this is yet another tax on the people of Pennsylvania.  This is lose-lose legislation.

"The governor chooses to ignore the fact that several of our local roads and bridges are falling apart.  Instead of using this revenue to fix these roads, the governor once again chooses to dig into people’s wallets to bail out mass-transit, a service which many Pennsylvanians will never use, particularly those in western Berks County.   

"So get your quarters ready.  There’s a new toll booth...and a new tax ahead."

Rep. Jim Cox
129th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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