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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Peterson Says PA Turnpike Commission "Bloated & Corrupt"


Former Congressman wants ‘corrupt’ commission phased out after push to toll highway

By MIKE REUTHER - mreuther@sungazette.com
Sun Gazette

Former U.S. Rep. John E. Peterson, R-Pleasantville, has been mostly silent since leaving Congress and retiring to the state's Northern Tier nearly a year ago, but his voice suddenly has emerged from the wilderness like the roar of a lion over his concern about Interstate 80 tolls. And the prey he's pouncing upon is the state's Turnpike Commission.

The bid by the Turnpike Commission to toll the east-west statewide highway, he said, is nothing more than a means of serving the interests of a bloated and corrupt state agency. The former legislator is calling for the state to abolish the Turnpike Commission and fold its operations into the state Department of Transportation.

"In my view, it's the most inept, corrupt, useless organization I've ever seen and this is a plan to expand their organization," he said. "It's a real, good old boys network." More...

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