WPXI’s presentation on Wednesday night, Nov. 20, regarding the passage by the Pennsylvania Senate of the transportation bill should have been labeled as editorial material rather than news. Random motorists were told that they will be paying 28 cents a gallon more, or about $5 more for a fill-up, plus all the new registration, licensing and speeding ticket fees once this bill takes effect. One lady, shown twice in the same story, called it a “money grab,” asking, “How do they expect us to live?”
The fact that the tax will start out on the oil companies (which will likely pass it on, but don’t have to) and that it will be gradual, was not mentioned. More important, the need to improve infrastructure and mass transit were not even alluded to. With great indignation, the reporter announced that Pennsylvania motorists will be paying for this transportation bill. Who else should pay, if not those who use the roads and breathe the air?
I kept expecting to be asked to call my local representative to ask him to vote to prevent final passage of the bill.
BARBARA M. GROSSMAN