State for sale
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In the Dec. 9 article "Corbett Makes Promise, Sans Specifics, on Transit," Gov. Tom Corbett mentioned that there was a state law passed last year "allowing for public-private partnerships to pay for infrastructure projects." I assume that this will allow private corporations to charge a fee to use this private infrastructure, including bridges, roads and highways.
The governor favors privatization of the state liquor stores without guarantees that private companies will earn the state $500 million, as was the case this past year.
The governor has given the gas industry easy access to gas extraction. Every other state has a tax on extraction while we have a minimal fee at each drilling site. Additionally, those in North Huntingdon and Penn Township in Westmoreland County have learned that a company may have the right of eminent domain to install its lines.
The governor seeks to privatize the public schools by having unlimited charter schools, knowing that many of them do not do as well as public schools. The state also is considering more cyber charter schools, even while there is a federal investigation of officials of a cyber charter school.
Finally, we see that the governor has put out bids for private operation of the Pennsylvania Lottery and is considering one from a foreign corporation. Will the company guarantee that the senior citizens funds will get $1 billion yearly? If it was such a great deal, why was there only one company bidding?
Why doesn't Gov. Corbett put a "For Sale" sign on Pennsylvania and then, instead of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, we can be called the Corporation of Pennsylvania. I guess King Corbett will continue his rule unfettered.
First Published December 12, 2012 12:00 am