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Matthews, Hoeffel Disagree On Rt 422 Tolls

wnpv_politicsMontgomery County Commissioner Jim Matthews says tolls on route 422 might be the only way to get much-needed improvements to the highway, but local motorists are already paying for road construction through the gasoline tax, and putting new tolls on top of it would force them to take a double hit. “I’m leaning towards I would vote against it if it was up to me even though it’s the only avenue we see right now, but things change.  I just think it’s unfair to our people here because we’re paying a terrible burden.  We pay an inordinate share of the turnpike expense with the tolls here and the usage down here.  We pay more than our share.”

Matthews says the tolls could cost motorists as much as a $100 a month.  He chairs the county commissioners, and Vice Chairman Joe Hoeffel says he thinks raising the gas tax is a better idea, but the Governor’s Transportation Funding Advisory Commission will not consider that because Governor Tom Corbett opposes it.

“That commission has been told that they’re not allowed to recommend a gas tax increase.  It’s off the table.  In light of that, I don’t see an alternative except a local toll.  It needs to be considered, aired out, public input taken.  The controversy, or course, is right now they’re riding on the road for free even though they’re paying federal and state gas taxes.  They’re riding on the road for free and now we’re asking them to pay for it.”

Unlike the Schuylkill Expressway, Hoeffel says Route 422 is fixable.  He says it needs a second bridge over the Schuylkill River and a wider roadway.  He and Matthews appeared Wednesday on the WNPV talk program Comment Please by Univest.
WNPV AM 1440 Saturday morning was a beautiful time for WNPV's Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway at Cardinal Camera in Quakertown! We gave away over $4,000 in prizes including three Grand Prizes of family 4-packs of tickets to Knoebel's Amusement Park in Elysburg. Saturday's Grand Prize winners were: Philip Schanz of Lansdale, Elaine Waters of Horsham, and Gloria Woodland of Lansdale. Maybe you'll win the Grand Prize at our next one!
WNPV AM 1440 Did you miss this week's "Regarding Your Money" show with George Toth? If so, you MUST tune in to "Chestnut Investment Attitudes" on Saturday at 9:10 AM! George has a very special guest, Michael Morsch, and they discuss the music of the 1970s! A very different show than usual ... so be sure to check it out at 1440 AM!
WNPV AM 1440 Make your plans today to attend WNPV's next Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 11 AM, at Cardinal Camera, on northbound Route 309 at the Route 313/663 intersection, in Quakertown! We are giving away almost $4,000 in prizes including Grand Prizes of family 4-packs of tickets to Knoebel's Amusement Park! We're getting down to the end of our run so take advantage of this opportunity to win your share! Plus, you'll get to meet Barry Papiernik, host of "The BuxMont Business Journal" heard Mondays on WNPV-1440 AM.
WNPV AM 1440 Did you win tickets to see ZZ Top at Musikfest in Bethlehem at one of WNPV's Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaways? If so, you must call me ASAP. ZZ Top has cancelled their concert and Musikfest is making other tickets available as replacements but I must make the arrangements immediately before the other concerts are sold out. Call me (Linda) at 215-855-8211 and give me the seat numbers of your tickets. We will talk about the available options when you call.
WNPV AM 1440 Tomorrow is the third Saturday of July and that means that you should tune to 1440 AM at 11 AM for Mike Bruckner and "Premium Coverage!" This week he has a special guest ... Lawrence Merkel who was a Lt. Colonel with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
WNPV AM 1440 Be sure to tune in to 1440 AM tomorrow (Saturday) at 8 AM for "Real Simple Retirement," a new program featuring Mark Kemp and Todd Little of Kemp-Harvest Financial in Harleysville.

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