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Reader Questions Uses Of Tax Revenues


Dear Editor:

Remember last summer when a new candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania was around making speeches and promises as to what he would do if elected? Well, he got elected, and it took him a total of four months to start breaking those promises. This might be a new record.

First, and I quote, “If elected, the money generated from the casinos in Pennsylvania will be used for the purposes it was intended, reducing property and school taxes.” Now, as reported on all the local TV stations, millions of dollars from the casinos will be used for a new ramp off of I-81, renovation of an old bank building, an addition to a college and numerous road repairs, all in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area.

It would seem that our politicians in Harrisburg believe that no one in the state has any clue as to what is going on other than themselves.

Consider the fact that since the natural gas industry has descended on PA, thousands and thousands of trucks and other vehicles have also arrived. These vehicles have increased the sale of gas and diesel fuel more than ten times the normal daily use, thereby increasing the amount of fuel tax received by PA by ten times. And, don’t forget the astronomical amount of road tax money paid by the “big rig” vehicles supporting the gas industry. With all this new money coming into Pennsylvania, it would seem that our roads would be paved in gold instead of potholes and collapsed shoulders.

In case you haven’t noticed, the roads that are being repaired are being done so by the gas industry, not PennDOT. So, where is all the money going? Perhaps you voters that came out last fall believing what our new governor was saying should get hold of your state representative and ask just what is going on. Or, just sit back and complain when your taxes rise once again.

Tom Dunn,


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