July 28 —
The path this administration has chosen is clear. The state budget was balanced with, among other items, education cuts. While state taxes remained stable, the cost to support public schools was then placed squarely on the backs of homeowners, who saw school tax increases on their properties.
Budget cuts to state colleges will be borne by parents or by college loans students need to meet the higher cost of higher education.
Now, roads and bridges need to be repaired. Infrastructure costs were also reduced to balance the 2011 state budget. If the administration follows the recommendations of the governor-appointed panel, motorists will pay more to make up that difference. As far as the additional burden on truckers, who will bear the burden of their increased costs? Consumers purchasing the supplies they transport.
The "no tax increase" budget proclaimed from the halls of Harrisburg is no more than a tax shift, from state payments to local payments and now, perhaps, to local drivers and working truckers.
"No new taxes" seems to apply only to Marcellus Shale drillers, who at this time do not have to pay anything to repair damage to roads upstate.
— Journal Register News Service:
The Delaware County Daily Times