there was a request for me to post my opinions on the tolling of I-80 to help pay for mass transit throughout the state.
most people see this and think "another tax", and since Ed Rendell is behind it, the average pennsylvanian automatically thinks it's either a scam, a bamboozle, or a hoodwinking. after all, ed is mean, angry, fat, and from philadelphia. he obviously doesn't have the state's best interests in mind.
but the fact is that suburbanites have been living fat off the work and tax revenues of cities in PA for decades. conservative pennsylvanians who want to live near a city, drive 45 miles to work, send their kids 30 miles to the uber-feeder highschool, and have access to a major metropolitan area want all of these luxuries without paying a nickle more in tax dollars or tolls.
the fact is, suburban lifestyles put increasing pressure on government treasuries -- local, state, and federal. people drive on subsidized highways to their suburban track mansions that were built with subsidized sewer, electric, and gas lines. yet when the idea comes up that the use of those roads be paid for BY THOSE WHO USE THEM, the suburbanites go nuts! how dare you take something that they unrightfully getting for free and make them pay a reasonable rate for it! it's socialism, pure and simple, but don't tell that to your average pennsylvanian conservative. what i have realized about conservatives is that they all hate socialism, unless it's benefiting them.
but it doesn't really matter. it turns out that those who use I-80 will continue to get a free ride. and those of us who never drive on it will continue to pay for it, even though what we really want to pay for is better public transportation in our cities, which would reduce the impact cars have on our highways.