I-80 Must Remain Toll Free

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By:  Donna Oberlander
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Taxing motorists traveling on a major interstate nearly 49 cents per mile--which amounts to a $51 round trip ticket per car and up to $400 per truck--is in no way a realistic solution to fix Pennsylvania's broken bridges and bumpy roads. Experts agree that the governor's extremely flawed I-80 tolling scheme (Act 44 of 2007) is nothing short of state government, sanctioned highway robbery that will result in significant short and long-term consequences for our local and state economy--not the least of which will include higher costs for motorists, lost businesses and lost jobs.
Pennsylvania's crumbling infrastructure has nothing to do with a lack of funding, but instead directly results from decades of poor decision making and clumsy resource management by state leaders.

Culminating in the highly suspect diversion of federal funding for much-needed highway and bridge repairs which will unfairly force rural Pennsylvania drivers to pay outlandish highway tolls to bail out Philadelphia's and Pittsburgh's inefficient and failing mass transit systems, Act 44 is typical old-school, Harrisburg politics engineered at the last minute by backroom, big city lobbyists with no public input, no economic input study, and absolutely no discussion with the manufacturers, trucking companies and distributors that will carry the heaviest weight of this proposed highway tax.

Rather than implementing new ways to paper over problems created by poor and inefficient government, Rep. Oberlander wants to reform Pennsylvania's transportation funding bureaucracy by restoring transparency and expanding fiscal accountability.