Tax Increase Not the Answer to Fix PA’s Roads and Bridges, Says Brown
HARRISBURG – While many Pennsylvanians are still struggling through a weakened national economy, Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) voted against a measure that would increase state taxes in order to fix our state’s deteriorating roads and bridges. Brown issued the following statement after the vote:

“While I agree that our roads and bridges are in need of repair, I do not believe that a substantial tax increase is the answer. This tax increase could ultimately raise the cost of gas by 28 cents per gallon through 2017, in addition to increasing the price of state vehicle registration fees and traffic fines.

“I voted against this transportation tax increase because I know the people, especially in the Pocono region, are already over-taxed. Our region is also home to a very large commuter population and we have one of the longest commutes in the country. Increasing the gas tax would most likely make it one of the most expensive commutes as well, increasing already escalated bus fares, only making it more difficult for hard-working Pennsylvanians to get to work and make ends meet when they get back home.

“There is no simple answer to our transportation funding needs but a substantial tax increase like this would not have worked for the people I represent. We cannot expect the people of this district to pay more taxes until other taxes are reduced to a more manageable level. There is only so much the taxpayer can do.

“This proposal made no effort to find other major funding sources.”

For more information, contact Brown’s district office located at 696 Seven Bridge Road, Suite 101, East Stroudsburg, by calling 570-420-8301. Information on legislative news can also be found on and on
Representative Rosemary M. Brown
189th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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