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May 12, 2010 - Frank Robinson
This topic falls under the old saying, "just when you think you have seen it all. ..."
Apparently the Pennsylvania legislature will consider tolling at its borders all interstates to raise money for road repairs and maintenance. I would laugh if it were not such a scary idea.
The plan would make motorists driving cars pay a dollar and commercial trucks $5 every time they cross the Pennsylvania border. I'm not sure if motorists would have to pay to get out. However, if there is no fee to get out, I'm sure the adjoining states would certainly entertain copying the idea to get back in.
The proposal is supposed raise millions of dollars. However, shrewd motorists and truck drivers will figure out a way to get around the toll booths. Although an inconvenience, they simply can get across the border using some route other than an interstate, get back on the interstate, and continue on to their destination.
Speaking of traveling, I was reading a wire story today and it said the price of gasoline apparently has reached its peak. Right now in this area, it's about $2.79 per gallon. People I have talked with about the story seemed happy, if not thrilled, at the news. The cost usually goes up around Memorial Day weekend due to the "reformulation" needed to reduce emissions during the summer. It's amusing people find that to be good news when it's still almost $3 per gallon.
But that's life. We're happy with gasoline being less than $3 per gallon, and a neighboring state wants to literally tax us coming and going.
I'm not amused.
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