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Auditors call for PA Turnpike commissioners to stop driving free cars

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 23, 2013 1:44 PM

(Harrisburg) -- State auditors are criticizing the fact that Pennsylvania Turnpike commissioners are still driving free cars.

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Turnpike Commission Chairman William Lieberman got a $40,000 2013 Jeep Cherokee on Dec. 28. He reportedly handed down the 2012 model he got a year earlier to fellow Commissioner Pasquale "Pat" Deon.

The other two commissioners, Michael Pratt and William Lincoln, drive 2011 Ford Explorers that cost $33,945 each.

Outgoing Auditor General Jack Wagner criticized the free cars, calling them an "overly generous'' perk. Tolls went up Jan. 6.

State auditors write that they don't believe part-time commissioners require permanently assigned vehicles. They say the commission should discontinue the practice.

The commission's acting chief executive officer, Craig Shuey, calls the vehicles "appropriate and necessary.''

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Comments: 1

  • eeyore17026 img 2013-01-24 10:43

    If a vehicle is required, I have to wonder why those vehicles have to be expensive SUVs. How about a more economic vehicle?
    In addition, I wonder if the taxpayers are also reimbursing these people for gas.

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