The citizens of Pennsylvania should be happy that pragmatism won over ideology with the recent passage of House Bill 1060, which is the most significant transportation funding bill to be passed in the state in decades.
The governor and legislators who came together in a bipartisan effort to pass the bill in the House and Senate deserve to be recognized not only for their leadership in addressing the deteriorating conditions of the commonwealth’s roads, bridges and transit systems, but also for recognizing that a significant investment in moving goods, services and people safely and efficiently is required to keep Pennsylvania competitive in today’s economy.
No increase in taxes and fees is popular, but to continue to do nothing about our deteriorating infrastructure risked much higher costs and the real possibility of lives lost. No compromise solution is 100 percent palatable to everyone, but compromise is a cornerstone of our representative democracy. A leader is someone who takes action out of long-term necessity when an easier path to continue to do nothing exists.
Today I am proud to say, Pennsylvania has leaders.
Construction Legislative Council of Western Pennsylvania