Report: Taxpayers fund PennDOT’s cheesesteak guide

    Some things you might not have known about PennDOT: It has an Office of Tourism Services, that office prints brochures for commonly asked-about attractions, those brochures are payed for with your taxes.

    And it’s not just cheesesteaks. The Patriot-News reports PennDOT offers many brochures for curious tourists, including a guide to Mansfield and directions to Pittsburgh malls.

    The cheesesteak guide is Philly-focused, of course, and features information about the most sought-after destinations.


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    Each brochure costs taxpayers 2 to 3 cents — good news for Pat’s, Geno’s and other popular cheesesteak makers. Bad news for their lesser-known competitors and anyone who doesn’t really care to visit a Pittsburgh mall.

    So should Pennsylvanians be bothered about the small tax for these brochures, or does the tourism advantage outweigh the cost?

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