In the week’s latest episode of Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates saying things to get noticed, Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel says if he were elected governor, would “double the $2.3 billion the state contributes to PennDot for highways and bridges,” the Inquirer reports.
While it’s true much of the state’s road infrastructure isn't up to par (PennDot says 38 percent of roads and bridges are just sucktastic!), we hardly think Hoeffel would be able to keep his promise in the middle of a recession, with the state senate trying to close a huge budget gap.
Hoeffel thinks he can come up with the cash by raising gas taxes, raising the price of auto-registration stickers and using money the state hopes to gain by tolling Interstate 80 (the same money, coincidentally, SEPTA wants to use to fund its capital projects and pay its workers; not to mention U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood hasn’t approved of tolling the center-state drive-through, so, as of yet, there is no money).
The Daily News reported this week that polls are finding Pennsylvanians indifferent to the 2010 race to replace Ed Rendell. It’s so bad, two-thirds of Republicans and 70 percent of Democrats don’t have a preference in their respective primaries. Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato leads Democrat polling – with 11 percent!
As we’ve reported, guv candidate Sen. Anthony Williams has made his presence known introducing bills that would lock up mom and dad. AG Corbett is trying to deny increasingly popular national healthcare legislation to satisfy the wing of his party responsible for amped up security on Capitol Hill.
It’s anyone’s game, so now’s the time to say wacky stuff. But at least Hoeffel is talking about things that would affect his potential governorship. And at that, his plan to raise taxes will be especially unpopular (as is his stance on gay marriage, abortion amd universal, single-payer health care) with Pennsyltuckians.
He may not win, but we gotta respect Joe Hoeffel for his reluctance to waffle, ever.
Our Attorney General is wasting no time trying to deny Pa. residents from receiving the benefits of the new federal health-care bill. Here comes the lawsuit.
Nutter, joined by State Sen. Dwight Evans, endorsed Anthony Williams for governor today. Joe Hoeffel no likey.
Turns out, most of us don't care about the upcoming race for governor. Now our apathy goes viral.
Anthony Williams campaign for governor is raising some big cash from unexpected places (for a Democrat.)
But when asked about Corbett’s main beef with the bill—that it is unconstitutional for Washington to force citizens to purchase health insurance (or else pay a fine)—the mayor looked confused: “Well, I think there’s an option where you can opt out of that. There’s a part, I think, that says you don’t have to have health care.”
There won't be any tolls on I-80 in the near future. That means roads and bridges will continue to deteriorate. And SEPTA doesn't get its projects. And we don't get our Smart Cards.
Jack Wagner, who is also running for governor, has got big plans, er, pipe dreams, for us, baby!