|Angella Mae Smith posted on Solomons Words for the Wise's timeline|
|"FOUND: Galeton, School street area. Female Shetland/Collie mix. Blue collar, no tags. Real sweet and a little timid. Please Call (814)435-3424 if you are missing a dog|
|Angella Mae Smith posted on Solomons Words for the Wise's timeline|
|"FOUND: Galeton, School street area. Female Shetland/Collie mix. Blue collar, no tags. Real sweet and a little timid. Please Call (814)435-3424 if you are missing a dog|
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/23/2013 11:27:00 PM
WAIT IS ON FOR LATE-STARTING PENNSYLVANIA DEER SEASON
Some big bucks await those heading afield for Dec. 2 opener.
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You are running out of time to get your tickets for the To Fill A Backpack’s annual 12 Days of Christmas raffle. Once again we have a nice variety of prizes for the raffle that were donated by local people, businesses and the Backpack program.
Tickets are $1.00 each and are available in almost every local town.
The first ticket will be drawn on December 1st, another ticket being drawn daily with the last ticket to be drawn on December 12th. If you are interested in purchasing tickets please contact us as soon as possible so that we can put you in contact with one of our sellers.
You can also mail your payment to To Fill A Backpack – Attn: Raffle – 81 Burleson Avenue – Roulette, PA 16746. You can reach us by calling (814) 544-2612 and leave a message if no one answers.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/23/2013 10:21:00 PM
Possible Structure Fire On County Road 40 In Wirt
At 9:11 PM on Saturday, Bolivar & Richburg have been dispatched to 7627 County Road 40 in the Town of Wirt for a possible structure fire. Caller smells smoke in the residence but can not locate source.
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|2013 - 28594||11/23/2013||7:16 PM||MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT||ROUTE 6 E||RICHMOND TWP|
|2013 - 28593||11/23/2013||6:31 PM||MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT||ROUTE 49 NELSON TWP|
|2013 - 28585||11/23/2013||5:48 PM||MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT||SWEDEN HILL RD||SWEDEN TWP|
|2013 - 28579||11/23/2013||5:28 PM||MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT||ROUTE 49||NELSON TWP|
|2013 - 28578||11/23/2013||5:21 PM||MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT||ROUTE 6 W||EULALIA TWP|
|2013 - 28577||11/23/2013||5:21 PM||MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT||ROUTE 287&ROUTE 6||DELMAR TWP|
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/23/2013 07:36:00 PM
TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/UNKNOWN STATUS
Address: RIDGWAY JOHNSONBURG RD and BEAVER DR
Cross Streets: BEAVER DR * PAVILION DR
Agency: ELK COMPANY 4 FD; ELK COMPANY 2 FD, RIDGWAY AMBULANCE
11/23/2013 6:39:50 PM
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TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/NO INJURY
Address: 1077 MILLION DOLLAR HWY
Cross Streets: GLASS RD * LINWOOD AVE
Agency: ELK COMPANY 3 FD
11/23/2013 5:51:57 PM
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MVA On Rt. 6 West near Erway Farm
At 5:34 PM on Saturday, Report of motor vehicle accident on Route 6 near Erway Farm. No injury but vehicle partially in roadway. Use caution in that area. Coudersport Fire Dept. for traffic control.
FIRE POLICE RECALLED
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|2013 - 28576||11/23/2013||5:17 PM||MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT||704 NORTH HOLLOW RD||SWEDEN TWP|
|2013 - 28573||11/23/2013||5:09 PM||MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT||ROUTE 6||SHIPPEN TWP|
|2013 - 28570||11/23/2013||4:56 PM||MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT||334 E ACADEMY ST||SHINGLEHOUSE BORO|
|2013 - 28569||11/23/2013||4:48 PM||MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT||ROUTE 15 NB||LIBERTY TWP|
|2013 - 28567||11/23/2013||4:26 PM||MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT||ROUTE 6||ROULETTE TWP|
|2013 - 28564||11/23/2013||4:01 PM||MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT||WINTERGREEN RD||GENESEE TWP|
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/23/2013 05:22:00 PM
Address: FAIRVIEW RD and MILLION DOLLAR HWY
Cross Streets: MILLION DOLLAR HWY * CHERRY RD
Agency: FOX TWP AMBULANCE
11/23/2013 5:05:24 PM
5:330 PM--AMBULANCES DISPATCHED FOR 2 ADDITIONAL PATIENTS
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/23/2013 05:10:00 PM
Address: BENNETTS VALLEY HWY and CALEDONIA RD
Cross Streets: CALEDONIA RD * SPRING RUN RD
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Port Allegany Dispatched For Debris In Roadway
At 4:42 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Department to Rt. 6 neaqr Seneca Inn for debris in the roadway from a minor MVA. Report vehicle hit multiple guide rails with debris all over the roadway.
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Vehicle Crash Into Rocks At Burtville Cut on Rt. 6
At 4:26 PM on Saturday, Roulette Fire Rescue and Ambulance have been dispatched to the Burtville Cut for a vehicle into the rocks with one injury.
RESPONDERS REPORTING ROADWAYS EXTREMELY SLIPPERY
REPORT NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/23/2013 04:28:00 PM
... Heavier snow showers and local snow squalls will affect
Cameron... Clearfield... Clinton... Elk... Lycoming... northeastern
Union... northern Cambria... northern centre... northern
Montour... northwestern Columbia... northwestern Northumberland...
Potter... southeastern McKean... Sullivan and Tioga counties...
At 324 PM EST... a cold front was producing several bands of snow
showers with embedded squalls over central and north central PA. The
snow showers were moving into and through portions of Cambria...
Cameron... centre... Clearfield... Clinton... Columbia... Elk...
Lycoming... McKean... Montour... Northumberland... Potter... .Sullivan...
Tioga and Union counties at 324 PM EST... and were moving southeast
at 35 mph.
Wind gusts to 40 mph are possible with these snow squalls. The snow
will rapidly drop visibilities to less than a mile. The snow will
fall onto warm Road surfaces... which will cause it to quickly melt
and then re-freeze. This could create very icy conditions if the
Road surface is untreated.
This will impact the following major roads... Route 6... Route 15...
Route 119... Route 219... Route 220... alternate Route 220... Route
322... State Road 14... State Road 26... State Road 118... State Road
120... State Road 153... State Road 255... State Road 350.
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|11/23/2013||4:01 PM||MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT||WINTERGREEN RD||GENESEE TWP|
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Rollover Crash Near Bradford Airport On Rt. 59
At 4:00 PM on Saturday, Lafayette Fire Rescue and Priority Care Ambulance have been dispatched to a rollover crash on Route 59 near the Bradford Airport.
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|11/23/2013||3:30 PM||FIRE / STRUCTURE||1245 E SHAMBAKER RD||ELK TWP|
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/23/2013 03:40:00 PM
BARNUM ROAD CLOSED DUE TO MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS
At 3:30 PM on Saturday, Eldred Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to the Barnum Road at Artline Road to close Barnum Road due to multiple crashes on the hill in Cattaraugus County.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/23/2013 03:33:00 PM
Coudersport Dispatched For 2 Vehicle MVA
At 3:27 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched for traffic control on Rt. 49 at the Baker Creek Road. Report 2 vehicle accident, no injuries.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/23/2013 03:29:00 PM
Port Allegany Dispatched To ATV Crash
At 3:15 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Rescue and Ambulance have been dispatched to a field on the hillside across from Johnson's Airport on Rt. 155 South for an ATV accident.
3:30 PM--ROULETTE DISPATCHED, MEDIC 6 DISPATCHED
3:33 PM--ELDRED DISPATCHED FOR ATV UNIT
VICTIM IS REPORTED BACK IN THE WOODS.
3:36 PM--ROULETTE UNITS RECALLED
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Agricultural Accident With Serious Injuries
At 1:50 PM on Saturday, Wellsboro Rescue & EMS have responded to an agricultural accident near 1467 N. Bullock Road in Charleston Township with serious injuries. A helicopter has been requested.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/23/2013 01:58:00 PM
Address: @ 41.35201 @ 78.53218
Cross Streets: STILLWATER RD * MILLION DOLLAR HWY
Agency: ELK COMPANY 5 FD
11/23/2013 1:46:01 PM
Address: 24716 BENNETTS VALLEY HWY
Cross Streets: RITA LN * MICALE RD
Agency: ELK COMPANY 3 FD
11/23/2013 1:53:25 PM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/23/2013 01:53:00 PM
PennDOT to Post Restrictions on a Route 219 Bridge in Elk County
Ridgway – By the end of the day, tomorrow, Nov. 22, PennDOT will post new weight limits on a Route 219 bridge in Elk County. Once all signs are in place, the posting will be enforceable.
The Horton Township bridge spans Mead Run just north of the village of Brockport and about three miles north of the intersection of Route 219 and Route 28 in Brockway. It will be posted for 36 tons for single vehicles and 40 tons for combination vehicles. The bridge was built in 1923 and carries an average of more than 5,300 vehicles daily. Trucks make up about 15 percent of the vehicle traffic crossing the bridge.
Posting the bridge has required advance detour signing for trucks. That signage appears along major routes in Elk, Jefferson, and Clearfield counties. Routes include I-80, 153, 219, and 255 in Clearfield County, 28 and 219 in Jefferson County, and 153, 219, and 255 in Elk County. Over 125 signs were needed prior
to officially posting the bridge.
In August, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch authorized the transportation department to add or increase weight restrictions to about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges statewide. Reducing the weight traveling on these bridges will slow their deterioration and preserve safety until repairs or replacement can occur.
To view the bridges with new or lowered weight restrictions or to learn more about bridge weight restrictions and PennDOT’s bridge-inspection program, visit the PennDOT homepage at www.dot.state.pa.us and click on “Bridge Information.”
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/23/2013 01:44:00 PM
|11/23/2013||12:09 PM||FIRE / STRUCTURE||62 MAIN ST||WELLSBORO BORO|
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/23/2013 12:16:00 PM
TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/ELECTRICAL HAZARDS/CAR INTO POLE
Address: 1508 ROUTES 66/ 948 NEAR THE STORE IN RUSSELL CITY
Cross Streets: PIGS EAR RD * COON RUN RD
Agency: ELK COMPANY 8 FD; KANE AMBULANCE
11/23/2013 12:02:56 PM
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House votes to block federal fracking rules
By Pete Kasperowicz
The House passed legislation Wednesday evening that would block the Department of the Interior from regulating hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in states that already have their own regulations in place.
Members passed the bill 235-187 with the help of 12 Democrats; two Republicans voted against it.
The bill, H.R. 2728, is one of three energy bills House Republicans brought up this week to speed up the process of extracting and moving energy across the country, which the GOP said would help lower energy costs and create jobs.
President Obama's veto threat against the bill, and the likelihood that the Senate will ignore it, means it stands almost no chance of becoming law. Nonetheless, Republicans argued that pending rules from Interior would only slow down energy production and job creation in states that are already regulating fracking. Read more...
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/23/2013 10:58:00 AM
Address: BENNETTS VALLEY HWY and WINTERBURN RD
Cross Streets: HICKORY RD * BAUM RD
REPORT 2 PERSONS INJURED
Agency: BENNETTS VALLEY AMBULANCE
11/23/2013 1:30:12 AM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/23/2013 01:35:00 AM
Structure Fire At 8 Deer Run In Corydon Township
At 1:29 AM, Corydon and Bradford Township Fire Departments have been dispatched to 8 Deer Run Road in Corydon Township for a structure fire.
CALLER REPORTS FLAMES IN CAMP THAT BURNED 2 NITES AGO.
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PennDOT, Police Partner on Enforcement to Make Holiday Travel Safer
‘Operation Safe Holiday’ Focuses on Seat Belt Use, Impaired Driving
Harrisburg – PennDOT, the Pennsylvania State Police and local police statewide are teaming for “Operation Safe Holiday,” an enforcement initiative focusing on seat-belt use and impaired-driving that aims to reduce crashes and traffic fatalities this holiday season.
The operation begins with statewide Click It or Ticket seat-belt enforcement that runs from Nov. 22-Dec. 1. Law enforcement agencies will also conduct sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and regular traffic safety patrols on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 27, and from Dec. 1 through the New Year’s holiday to crack down on drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol.
“Unfortunately, holiday crash totals have continued to trend upward this year,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “Though there was a decrease in December data totals, Thanksgiving continues to be one of the most dangerous weekends for motorists. We continue to urge drivers to buckle up and avoid driving impaired on Pennsylvania’s roadways.”
According to PennDOT data, the holiday season continues to be the leading time period for traffic crashes. The Thanksgiving holiday period, including the weekends before and after the holiday as well as the day itself, experienced the highest number of crashes and fatalities of any major holiday season last year. A total of 4,328 crashes and 53 fatalities occurred statewide during the Thanksgiving period, while the Christmas and New Year’s travel periods saw a combined 1,640 crashes and 19 fatalities.
Additionally, during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays, 861 of the statewide crashes involved a driver impaired by drugs or alcohol, with 31 fatalities in those crashes. In that same time period there were 758 crashes with unbuckled occupants, with 36 fatalities in those crashes.
PennDOT urges travelers to never drive impaired and always buckle up. Drivers should also avoid distractions, rotate drivers if possible and take frequent breaks.
Motorists should allow extra time for travel and expect to encounter traffic delays. As weather and road conditions can worsen quickly at this time of year, motorists should always check the forecast for their entire route and make sure their vehicle is equipped with a winter emergency kit and tires with good traction.
Weather and travel information for more than 2,900 miles of state roads is available by calling 511 or visiting www.511pa.com before leaving home.
You can find PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/22/2013 06:01:00 PM
Lake Effect Snow Warning issued by NWS Buffalo
...Lake Effect Snow Warning In Effect From Noon Saturday To 7 PM EST Sunday... The National Weather Service In Buffalo Has Issued A Lake Effect Snow Warning...Which Is In Effect From Noon Saturday To 7 PM EST Sunday. The Lake Effect Snow Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Locations...Chautauqua County. Greatest Amounts Expected To Be Across The Southwest Portion Of The County. * Timing...Noon Saturday Through Early Sunday Evening. * Accumulations...An Inch Or Less Saturday...3 To 6 Inches Saturday Night...3 To 6 Inches Sunday...And An Inch Or Less Sunday Evening...Leading To Storm Totals Of 7 To 13 Inches In The Most Persistent Lake Snows. * Winds...Northwest 20 To 30 Mph With Gusts To 40 Mph. * Visibilities...As Low As A Half Mile At Times. * Temperatures...Highs In The Lower 30S Saturday. Lows Around 20 Saturday Night. Highs Around 20 Sunday. Wind Chill Temperatures In The Single Digits Saturday Night And Sunday. * Impacts...An Arctic Cold Front Will Bring A Burst Of Snow Saturday Afternoon Followed By Lake Effect Snow And Gusty Winds Saturday Night And Sunday. The Combination Of Snow And Gusty Winds Will Produce Difficult Driving Conditions With Snow Covered Roads And Poor Visibility.
In Lake Effect Snow The Weather Can Vary From Locally Heavy Snow In Narrow Bands To Clear Skies Just A Few Miles Away. If You Will Be Traveling Across The Region Be Prepared For Rapid Changes In Road And Visibility Conditions. If You Lose Power And Plan On Running A Generator...Make Sure That The Generator Is Located Outdoors And Is Properly Ventilated. Space Heaters Should Also Be Properly Ventilated And Used Only If They Are Operating Properly. Make Sure Snow Does Not Block Exhausts And Fresh Air Intakes For High Efficiency Furnaces And Water Heaters. Stay Tuned To Noaa Weather Radio Or Your Favorite Source Of Weather Information For The Latest Updates. Additional Details Can Also Be Found At Www.Weather.Gov/Buffalo. Report Snow Accumulation To The National Weather Service In Buffalo By Sending An Email To Bufstorm.Report@Noaa.Gov...Posting To The Nws Buffalo Facebook Page...Or Tweet...Using The Hashtag Bufwx
The National Weather Service has issued a Lake Effect Snow Watch for Warren County.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/22/2013 05:55:00 PM
Coudersport Dispatched To Possible Natural Gas Leak
At 5:42 PM on Friday, Coudersport Fire Sept. has now been dispatched to 707 Vine Street for a possible natural gas leak.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/22/2013 05:44:00 PM
|A Victory for Pennsylvania|
Just last night, Governor Tom Corbett joined PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch, members of the state Senate and House of Representatives and other officials to celebrate the final affirmative vote on an historic comprehensive transportation plan -- the most comprehensive piece of state transportation legislation -- in decades.
“This bold transportation plan is a victory for Pennsylvania and demonstrates that our elected officials are serious about keeping our residents safe and our economy strong,” Corbett said. “The lawmakers who voted for this legislation have said, ‘yes’ to our state’s future and I thank each lawmaker whose yes vote will keep Pennsylvania moving.”
The final vote sent a bill to the Governor’s desk that will keep Pennsylvania safe and economically competitive. By the fifth year of the plan, this legislation invests an additional:
For more information on transportation funding, visit www.dot.state.pa.us.
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PITT-BRADFORD PROFESSOR HAS NEW BOOK, TRANSLATIONS, MEMOIR PUBLISHED
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/22/2013 05:00:00 PM
William H. Sobczak, 90, of Smethport, PA died Thursday (Nov. 21, 2013) in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary by the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 11/22/2013 04:54:00 PM
Wisconsin Firm Recalls Frozen Chicken Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen
Intevation Food Group, LLC, a Plover, Wis., establishment, is recalling approximately 156,924 pounds of frozen chicken fettuccine Alfredo products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The products contain egg, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.
California Firm Recalls Bolognese Sauce Products Due To Undeclared Allergen And MisbrandingDelMonaco Specialty Foods, a Morgan Hill, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,616 pounds of Armanino brand Bolognese sauce products because of an undeclared allergen and misbranding
Utah Firm Recalls Fully-Cooked-Not-Shelf-Stable, Ready-To-Eat Pork Roast Products Produced Under The Wrong Haccp Plan And For MislabelingCreminelli Fine Meats, LLC, a Salt Lake City, Utah, establishment, is recalling 31 pieces (approximately 101 pounds) of fully-cooked-not-shelf-stable,
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|11/22/2013||4:08 PM||FIRE / VEHICLE||65 EAST AVE||WELLSBORO BORO|
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Old Route 220 Closed West of Cemetery Road in Fairfield Township
Montoursville – Motorists in Lycoming County are advised that Old Route 220 (Lycoming Mall Drive) is currently closed at the scene of a multiple-vehicle crash west of Cemetery Road in Fairfield Township.
The crash occurred just west of the entrance to the Tules Run Development.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area and detour via Interstate 180.
Emergency responders anticipate Old Route 220 will be closed at the crash scene for the next few hours.
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Senator Joe Scarnati Votes Yes On Transportation Bill
The 25th Senatorial District will receive approximately half a billion dollars in additional funding for transportation projects over the next decade, as a result of legislation passed today in the Senate, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25), who said the measure is vital to public safety and economic development.
Scarnati supported House Bill 1060, which will invest a total of more than $2.3 billion in the Commonwealth’s highways and bridges, transit agencies, railways, airports and ports. It follows the major recommendations made by the Governor’s Transportation Funding Advisory Commission. House Bill 1060 received strong bipartisan support and passed the Senate by a vote of 43 to 7.
The bill, which now goes to the House for final approval, will raise revenue through a number of sources, including adjusting vehicle driver registration fees for inflation, increasing fines, uncapping the Oil Company Franchise Tax over five years and modernizing many PennDOT services for cost savings.
“Funding raised through this comprehensive transportation plan will make a huge difference in our region, enabling weight-restricted bridges and crumbling roads and highways to be repaired,” Scarnati said.
Scarnati said the bill represents a bipartisan effort to fund transportation projects throughout the state and address critical safety issues. Pennsylvania currently has more structurally deficient bridges – nearly 4,400 – than any other state in the nation, and 23 percent of its 44,000 miles of state-owned roads are in poor condition.
Scarnati noted that the funding initiative will also invest an additional $14 million in rail lines throughout Pennsylvania this year, with a total of more than $88 million allotted over the next five years.
“This comprehensive plan also makes a strong investment in rail lines and airports which are crucial to moving goods and services in rural areas of the state,” Scarnati said. “The plan will provide a boost to our economy through the significant funding for transportation infrastructure and is expected to create 50,000 new jobs.”
Scarnati explained that in addition, House Bill 1060 takes an important step to provide a $30 million increase to the Dirt and Gravel Road Program, which will bring total funding to $35 million annually for maintenance and improvement of dirt and gravel roads.
“Repairing weight-restricted bridges is particularly crucial in rural areas of the state, where motorists have farther driving distances to work, school and other activities,” Scarnati said. “Improving our roads will save motorists time, improve public safety and create good-paying jobs for workers.”
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Baker Opposes Bill to Increase Gasoline Tax
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) this week cast a series of votes in opposition to record high gasoline and diesel taxes.
“The vast majority of the good citizens of my district in Tioga and Bradford counties strongly oppose what is arguably viewed as the largest gas and diesel tax increase in Pennsylvania history,” said Baker. “The bill, as passed, will raise the gasoline tax on every driver, small business owner and consumer in the Commonwealth at record high levels and increases more than 108 other user fees such as registrations, licenses and permits.”
Baker noted that the gas tax could increase by as much as 28.5 cents and the diesel tax could increase by 39.8 cents per gallon over a five-year period. As currently levied, the Oil Company Franchise Tax (OCFT) is about 9 percent of the price of a gallon of gas, which calculated on a maximum price of $1.25 per gallon yields about 20.3 cents.“By gradually lifting that cap over time to reflect actual gas prices already more than double the cap means the amount of the tax paid by the consumer will more than double,” said Baker.
“With the cap on the OCFT fully lifted, Pennsylvania will become home to the most highly taxed gasoline in the nation, with a total of 75.2 cents of taxes on each gallon of gasoline.”Baker noted that under a current state-by-state comparison compiled by the American Petroleum Institute (API), the highest-taxed gasoline is sold in the state of New York with a total of 75.2 cents of taxes on each gallon of gas. The national average, according to API, is about 49 cents. The Pennsylvania gasoline tax would be more than twice that of many states since the OCFT, according to API economist Rayola Dougher, and like other taxes, gets passed down to the consumer.The current state gas tax load is 32 cents per gallon, 15th highest in the nation currently, according to the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association. The increased taxes could now make the Commonwealth ranked No. 1 in both gas and diesel taxes in the nation. The Tax Foundation has Pennsylvania also ranked No. 15 out of 50 states for highest taxes.“Another 28.5 cents per gallon tax increase on gasoline and 39.8 cents per gallon tax on diesel represent an average of an 8 percent increase in major living and operating expenses,” said Baker.
“The new taxes would cost motorists $5 more on an average tank of gas for a mid-sized car and $80 more on an average tank of diesel for a tractor trailer, but could be more as the price of gas increases over time.”Over the next five years, an additional $7.36 billion could be generated for the state’s transportation system, which would more than double PennDOT’s budget over its current $6.8 billion state budget allocation.
“This tax is viewed by most citizens in the Northern Tier as excessive, extreme and too costly for the average person in my district to afford, given the financial hardships it would create to taxpayers struggling to provide for their families,” said Baker. “Many citizens in rural areas travel between 50 to 100 miles round trip to work every day to provide for their families. Though most people would like to see their roads and bridges maintained and improved, the magnitude of these taxes and user fees are strongly viewed as unreasonable, especially for senior citizens living on fixed incomes and low- to middle-income citizens struggling to support their families.”
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