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I-80 Toll: ‘Stupid Is As Stupid Does’

Don’t take my word for it: The Philadelphia Inquirer: Rendell’s plan to lease turnpike unwise, study says A study done for state House Democrats has concluded that it is unwise to lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike to a private operator, as Gov. Rendell hopes to do. Instead, the study supported the legislature’s move to keep the […]


PSU Prof knows his stuff…

I enjoyed this piece. Especially this part: “If every state in the nation tolled all roads, it would be like a tax on all commerce,” he said. “It would reduce economic activity, retard growth and cost jobs. In economics, we call it ‘dead weight loss.’” Swan said eastern Pennsylvania – from Harrisburg northeast to Allentown […]


Smoking guns…

I had a good time writing Follow the Money. …and so today, i enjoyed the piece on SOS and in the Collegian about how the FAB is essentially being killed. I won’t regurgitate my comments on its timely death, as i already said i don’t think it changes the basis of a case for suing […]


WVIA gets it, why not WPSU?

One wonders why the good folks at WPSU don’t get the I-80 issue?  Perhaps their ivory towers have helicopter landings at the top? I surfed their site a bit, and didn’t find much on I-80, well, nothing really.  Now, maybe they’ve had it there before, or maybe done shows before, but there’s nothing I could see […]


Corman: Feds reject I80 tolls

In typical politico style, the State Gov’t has planned all its budgets and so on for the future as if the tolls were already a ‘done deal.’ Not so fast. Come 2010, we might not see tolls on I-80 afterall. The State didn’t consider the fact that the Feds might not approve it, or that […]


For Whom The Road Tolls?

In 1966 the late great senator from Pa, Joseph Sill Clark, said on the senate floor re: the highway system: “It is presently being operated by Barbarians.” My, how little has changed. Toll roads are unfortunately legal. That isn’t a surprise since its politicians who make the laws, and also tax us and waste the […]