Overspending on Roads

Rep. Curt Schroder has uncovered wasteful, pork-barrel spending on roads. The Rendell Administration’ recent reclassified certain highway maintenance projects as “construction projects.” As construction projects, they are subject to prevailing wage laws, increasing the costs by 15 to 30% (see examples).

Early this year, Rendell attempted help his union buddies by unilaterally applying the prevailing wage rate on all maintenance projects, until he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

This is why we have a crisis, not in transportation funding, but in transportation spending.