Budget transfers wouldn’t hurt transportation
A recent Post-Gazette article ( “Wolf Won’t Transfer Money From Transit Trust,” Nov. 9) details Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement concerning fund transfers from the commonwealth’s special accounts. The piece accepts the administration’s faulty narrative that the transfers will lead to cuts in government services.
This is simply not true. The state’s “shadow budget” consists of a variety of special funds, which are running surpluses to the tune of approximately $9 billion. After a modest $300 million transfer, the shadow budget’s coffers will continue to overflow.
The Public Transportation Trust Fund alone has a whopping $400 million in reserve accounts — a sum that has accrued for at least the past three years. If the entire $300 million were taken from transportation, the fund would still have a healthy reserve. The idea that these funds need to be protected from all transfers defies logic.
While Mr. Wolf has the authority to protect the transportation fund surplus, there is no financially justifiable reason to do so. Despite this, the administration continues to push a false narrative about fund transfers. The governor prefers letting the money accrue in state accounts and continuing his charge for tax hikes, which he has championed since taking office.
Unlike the modest transfers, tax hikes have caused real pain to real people. The administration should start focusing on protecting taxpayers, not overfunded government programs. SAMUEL LEACH
Research Fellow Commonwealth Foundation
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