No knock against county council, but they're not the state legislature. State legislators have huge offices and get cars and eat free meals. County council doesn't even get to interview staff.
And they certainly don't have a say on state law. That said, council member Bob Macey, D-West Mifflin, introduced a resolution last week supporting, SB 1, the state Senate's new transportation bill, saying it'll help make much-needed road and bridge repairs.
"We're not just supporting a bill here," he said at Tuesday's government reform committee meeting, where the resolution was discussed. "We're supporting our legislators and our senators -- and a tremendous amount of jobs."
Nice enough sentiments, though ultimately toothless. But council member Matt Drozd, R-Ross, rebutted it anyways, saying the plan would raise gas taxes and charge drivers more in vehicle registration fees.
It was left to council member Barbara Daly Danko, D-Regent Square, to remind her colleagues that this is none of their business.
"If this was a bill we had control over -- the fees, the taxes -- I'd be right in there," she said. "I'm going to abstain. I don't think as a practice for council that we need to weigh in on things that are in front of other legislative bodies."
The committee approved the bill anyway.
ADDED 6/13: Amie Downs, spokeswoman for Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and an Early Returns reader, adds the following: "Council Member Macey & the Executive were asked during a public hearing to pass a resolution on SB 1 to express public support for the effort."