The Roman emperor Nero is said to have fiddled while Rome burned. Gov. Tom Corbett is no Nero but he fiddles while aging bridges and roads further deteriorate, inviting Pennsylvanians to do a slow burn.
Yet another reminder of the problem occurred in Harrisburg Tuesday in a joint meeting of the state Senate and House transportation committees. The issue was much-needed funding for transportation. By now, the issue should have been resolved.
In August 2011, Mr. Corbett's own Transportation Funding Advisory Commission gave him sensible recommendations that would have generated $2.5 billion annually for transportation needs. The plan included higher fees for driver's licenses and vehicle registrations and the removal of a cap on fuel taxes paid by wholesalers. The commission's report found bipartisan support. It still has it. What it doesn't have is the support of the governor who convened it.
Sen. John Rafferty, the Republican chairman of the Senate transportation panel, said that both Republicans and Democrats want to move forward on transportation funding. The governor's office says Mr. Corbett has met with legislative leaders but hasn't decided whether to suggest his own proposal or develop one with lawmakers.
Gov. Corbett fiddles away, playing the same old tune. How about some leadership, governor? A spokeswoman says you don't want to put more strain on the taxpayers, but every day of indecision raises the prospect of serious strain, including steeper tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.