THE BAN ON gifts to Pennsylvania lawmakers introduced by state Sen. Jeffrey Piccola is a no-brainer. The proposal, subject of a recent sparsely attended hearing in Harrisburg, would ban gifts exceeding $10 from lobbyists to lawmakers. We're shocked such a bill wasn't passed, like, four decades ago.
But we have an even better idea: How about a bill that would ban gifts from taxpayers? Especially the gift we give our representatives: a car and an always-full gas tank.
That's right: 123 members of the General Assembly drive state-subsidized cars; over half of those are - gasp! - SUVs.
That's a gift we give - and keep giving - to members of Congress, too. In fact, we think that rather than the harebrained scheme of a summer "gas tax holiday," we should declare a holiday on such a perk. (Daily News columnist John Baer made a similiar suggestion a few weeks back.)