Dunbar Backs Adequate Funding for Core Infrastructure, Refuses to Support $2 Billion Gas Tax Increase on PA Motorists
11/21/2013
HARRISBURG – After casting his fourth NO vote in less than a week, Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) issued the following statement regarding final passage of a transportation funding plan that contains $2.3 billion in additional taxes and fees on Pennsylvania drivers:

“As your legislator, I remain firm in my stance on the transportation funding issue. In short, while I do support increased funding for transportation and core infrastructure improvements, I will never support this coming at taxpayers’ expense.

“The final transportation funding plan now on the way to the governor’s desk is primarily paid for by lifting the cap on the Oil Company Franchise Tax. Over the next five years, this could result in an estimated increase of 28.5 cents per gallon of gas at the pump. Coupled with the fact that this legislation also includes a $500 million increase for public transportation and more than 100 fee increases solely bore by taxpayers, I had no choice but to cast four NO votes.

“Improving Pennsylvania’s core infrastructure is a priority that must be addressed. At the end of the day, an annual $2 billion gas tax increase placed solely on the backs of taxpayers is not just bad public policy; it is too high a price to ask motorists to pay, especially when there are other transportation funding alternatives that were not considered. I am also fearful that these increased costs to taxpayers will go beyond the pump and extend to the prices we all pay for everyday essentials.”

Representative George Dunbar
56th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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