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After reading the letter “For Citizens’ Safety” (Dec. 5) about the transportation funding legislation passed recently by lawmakers in Harrisburg, I decided to write a more realistic view.

One, our “Republican in name only” governor bribed the rural counties’ representatives by restoring their walking around money.

Business as usual has returned to Harrisburg.

Second, take a look around you. Pickup trucks pay at least $81 for yearly registration. SUV/​crossover vehicles pay $36.

Where has the money gone?

The gas tax increases will be paid for by everyone, plain and simple.

The Port Authority will be crying poverty within five years. Why? No private company ever made money in Pittsburgh or Allegheny County, yet 50 years ago someone believed that socialized public transportation was a good idea, much like Johnson’s “Great Society.”

We believed that we voted for leaders who would live within their means. We were wrong.

DAVE HROMANIK
West Mifflin

 


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