From dump trucks to de-icers, Pa. is auctioning off heavy equipment | Thursday Morning Coffee

The online-only auction of PennDOT equipment starts June 20 and runs to July 5

June 16, 2022 7:10 am
PennDOT paving crews (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania photo)

PennDOT paving crews (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania photo)

Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers.

Ever looked at your own fleet of vehicles and thought, “Hey, you know what would fit in here? …  A backhoe.”

Well, this might be your moment.

At high noon next Monday, June 20, the state Department of General Services will start auctioning off more than than 280 pieces of heavy equipment now gathering dust in Pennsylvania Department of Transportation garages.

Among the items on offer in the online-only auction, which runs until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, are “air compressors, snowplow trucks and snowplows, anti-icing trucks, motor graders, excavators, wheel and backhoe loaders, asphalt equipment, single-, tandem- and tri-axle dump trucks, spreaders, [and] skid steers,” the agency said in a statement.

The auction also is a “great way for the public to get quality, used heavy equipment no longer being used by PennDOT at a fair price,” the agency said in its statement.

And “with the recent increased demand and limited supply of these types of items, the online heavy equipment auction is an ideal opportunity for members of the public to add this type of equipment to their operations,” the ever-helpful DGS added.

And, y’know, Sunday is Father’s Day … So if there’s that hard-to-shop-for Dad in your life, what says “I love you” more than a gently used tri-axle dump truck?

Think about it.

If you want in, you can read the list of items here. But you must register online using the ‘register now’ button, according to DGS.

You’re probably on your own for gift-wrapping, however.

A man shoots AR-15 rifles and other weapons at a shooting range during the “Rod of Iron Freedom Festival” on October 12, 2019 in Greeley, Pa. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images).
A man shoots AR-15 rifles and other weapons at a shooting range during the “Rod of Iron Freedom Festival” on October 12, 2019 in Greeley, Pa. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images).

Our Stuff.
Even as Washington makes cautious progress on a gun reform deal, few states seem ready to raise the age to buy semi-automatic rifles, our friends at report.

Speaking of Washington, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.has said he is comfortable with the bipartisan deal Senate Democrats and Republicans struck on gun control legislation, signaling that he will join in passing a bill when it comes to a vote, Capital-Star Washington Reporter Ariana Figueroa writes.

A state House bill that was supposed to enhance consumer protections for kratom, an unregulated plant that has the properties of a stimulant when consumed at low levels and an opiate when consumed in high quantities, ended up looking very different when it came out of committee this week. Our summer intern, Christina Baker, has the details.

On our Commentary Page this morning: The right of transgender students to be free from discrimination is tenuous at best and under constant legal attack, a UMass/Amherst scholar writes. And Republican austerity is literally killing Pennsylvanians and leaving our young people in debtMarc Stier and Erica Freeman, of the Pennsylvania Budget & Policy Center, write.

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Spotlight PA explains the corporate tax cut talks that are part of this year’s budget negotiations (via the Inquirer).

PoliticsPa also looks to moves by the state Senate to reduce the corporate tax rate.

Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Pittsburgh on Friday, the Tribune-Review reports.

Pennsylvania’s hospital workers are facing increased threats of violence from patients and visitors alike, PennLive reports (subscriber-only).

State Rep. David Zimmerman, R-Lancaster, tells LancasterOnline that he was stripped of his committee assignments because he backed a primary challenger to Sen. Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster (subscriber-only).

The state Superior Court has stepped in to block a York County man accused of murder from being released on $1 bail, the York Daily Record reports.

Tara Zrinski has conceded to Nick Miller in the Lehigh Valley’s 14th Senate District Democratic primary, the Morning Call reports.

A judge has convicted a Delaware man who waved a Confederate flag in the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection, WHYY-FM reports.

Election deniers, such as Pennsylvania Sen. Doug Mastrianohave been quiet on fraud claims after recent GOP primary winsNPR reports (via WITF-FM).

Democratic hopefuls John Fetterman and Josh Shapiro are out to early leads in a new poll, USA Today’s Pennsylvania Capital Bureau reports (via GoErie).

Mental health reforms have become a focus point in the gun deal talks on Capitol Hill, Roll Call reports.

Here’s your #Pennsylvania Instagram of the Day:

What Goes On
10 a.m., 333 Market St., Harrisburg: Independent Regulatory Review Commission

What Goes On (Nakedly Political Edition)
5:30 p.m.: Reception for Rep. Aaron Kaufer. Admission runs $30 to $500. The reception is at a BBQ joint. So if you’re giving at the max, hopefully you get the whole hog.

As of this writing, Gov. Tom Wolf has no public schedule today.

You Say It’s Your Birthday Dept
Best wishes go out to Mike Straub, in the office of House Speaker Bryan Cutler, who completes another trip around the sun today. Congratulations, sir, and enjoy your day. Who wants to go in on a gently used PennDOT backhoe?

Heavy Rotation
Here’s an old favorite from Passion Pit that popped up for the first time in a long time the other day. It’s ‘Carried Away.’

Thursday’s Gratuitous Hockey Link
The Colorado Avalanche topped the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in overtime in game one of the Stanley Cup final on Wednesday night. The Avs’  Andre Burakovsky scored the game-winner 1:23 into the overtime period.

And now you’re up to date.

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John L. Micek

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.