Monday, July 09, 2007

Furloughed State Employees Head to the Track

25k 'non-essential' employees happily gave up a paycheck they considered 'non-essential' to their livelihood today. Unable to spend their lazy summer day lounging by the lake at one of the state's beautiful parks, they're doing what any self-respecting out-of-work Joe would do. Hittin the liquor store and heading to the betting parlor. Such are the state's priorities, booze, lotto and slots are still open for business.

So is it worth it? Capitolman and Highland Ave. are at loggerheads over this question. He says transit needs to wait for a special legislative session. I say I'm tired of the annual 'Port Authority Closure Emminent' routine, and want consistent funding for our busses. Face it, Sam Smith R-Punxawhathefuck PA doesnt get much heat down at the VFW during the annual transit cut dance. Nor does newly minted President Pro Temp W. Gapteeth McSheepbanger from Jefferson County... I didn't know there was a Jefferson County. So us city slickers are biting back- can't go bass fishin today Skeeter, 'cause Silver Tounge Sammy is playin his wheelen-dealin politickin games again.

As for the energy efficiency packages, I'm somewhat on the fence. Considering how many rambling Victorian houses in Pennsylvania's cities and older towns are bleeding heat in the winter, a plan for reducing energy burden could pay for itself in cost savings. Its an age-old question in construction- upfront cost vs. long-term savings- recast as a budgetary one. However, the Republicans claim that Rendell's plan isn't planned out is fair. Hate to say it Ed, but considering how ridiculous some green initiatives are, I need a little more evidence that my bond issue isn't going to be building solar energy fields in cloudy Pittsburgh.

5 comments:

CapitolMAN said...

I didn't say transit needs to wait until a special session; I said his energy proposal needs to wait. Transit was coupled with transportation funding (bridges, roadwork). In hindsight, transportation funding was not the sticking point. Looks like Rendell's shifting priorities - sell the turnpike, increase gas taxes, create an energy tax with an $850 million bond issue - delayed passage.

Anonymous said...

the truth squad said, May I refer to your snide comments regarding the country folk, Mr. highland ave. You sound like one of these elite urban snobs who feel all state revenue should go to Pennsylvania's cities (Just like your pals at the hard left Post-Gazette). Guess what city boy, the country folk also pay taxes. I would trust them to spend monies much more wisely than the spendthrift urban liberal democrats!

Highland Ave. said...

You're right, bumkin. The $4,502 Jefferson County paid the state in tax dollars last year is dwarfed by the contributions of the major urban centers. The CEO of US Steel, for example, probably paid more in personal taxes than the entire tax contribution of the northern tier of the state. And its aggravating as hell that your hick representatives in the state house seem to think I can jus' saddle up my horse and ride to work instead of taking a bus. Though I hate spendthrift urban liberals more than most, I'm not turning over the state budget to a flannel-clad red-neck with a four function calculator and a crayon.

Anonymous said...

At least this "hick" can spell bumpkin. The Truth Squad.

CapitolMAN said...

It's not just the Elkians and Jeffersonians who don't want to pay for a bankrupt, mismanaged, underutilized transit system. Alleghenians don't want to, either.