Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Editorial: PennDOT disses its steak-holders

THIS WEEK, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported that PennDOT spends its time and money printing the illustrious "Philadelphia Cheese Steak Guide." The brochure sends hungry readers to just six shops throughout the city. Oddly, it doesn't tell them which transportation to use to get there. We understand why it's in the government's interest to promote tourism. That's why there is a state tourism office. The Department of Transportation has plenty of other jobs to keep it busy, including getting official voter IDs to the nearly million residents who don't have the ID required to vote. We also question the state's spending taxpayer funds to send visitors to a few lucky private establishments. Instead, how about using taxpayer money to promote taxpayer-funded attractions? The city's park system and City Hall tours are both deserving examples. But you know what bugs us the most? PennDOT spent our money making a guide that doesn't even bother to spell "cheesesteak" the right way.

Editorial: PennDOT disses its steak-holders

THIS WEEK, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported that PennDOT spends its time and money printing the illustrious "Philadelphia Cheese Steak Guide." The brochure sends hungry readers to just six shops throughout the city. Oddly, it doesn't tell them which transportation to use to get there.
We understand why it's in the government's interest to promote tourism. That's why there is a state tourism office. The Department of Transportation has plenty of other jobs to keep it busy, including getting official voter IDs to the nearly million residents who don't have the ID required to vote.
We also question the state's spending taxpayer funds to send visitors to a few lucky private establishments. Instead, how about using taxpayer money to promote taxpayer-funded attractions? The city's park system and City Hall tours are both deserving examples.
But you know what bugs us the most? PennDOT spent our money making a guide that doesn't even bother to spell "cheesesteak" the right way.

This week, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported that PennDOT spends its time and money printing the illustrious "Philadelphia Cheese Steak Guide." The brochure sends hungry readers to just six shops throughout the city. Oddly, it doesn't tell them which transportation to use to get there.

We understand why it's in the government's interest to promote tourism. That's why there is a state tourism office. The Department of Transportation has plenty of other jobs to keep it busy, including getting official voter IDs to the nearly million residents who don't have the ID required to vote.

We also question the state's spending taxpayer funds to send visitors to a few lucky private establishments. Instead, how about using taxpayer money to promote taxpayer-funded attractions? The city's park system and City Hall tours are both deserving examples.

But you know what bugs us the most? PennDOT spent our money making a guide that doesn't even bother to spell "cheesesteak" the right way.

This It's Our Money editorial also appeared in the Daily News.

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