The state legislature has finally passed it –
A bill to raise more than 2-billion dollars a year -
To repair Pennsylvania’s roads and bridges – and fund mass transit.
The money will come from higher fees –
Surcharges on some traffic fines –
And lifting the cap on the oil company franchise tax.
While that’s a tax paid by fuel distributors –
Most of it will probably be passed on to consumers –
Through higher prices at the gas pump.
It’s true – no one likes to pay more for anything –
But Pennsylvania’s roads and bridges are in bad shape.
Mass transit has been cutting service and raising fares.
These are problems that need to be fixed – and fixing takes money.
Like it or not – the transportation bill will raise that money –
Without siphoning off funds from something else.
Let’s start those long-delayed repairs – and move on.