June 18, 2018
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Should the state annex the Maine Turnpike Authority?

The conservative advocacy group the Maine Heritage Policy Center recently highlighted the rising salaries of those working for the Maine Turnpike Authority, the quasi-governmental agency that oversees the turnpike. MHPC cited data showing that in 2009, 74 employees earned $80,000 or more in salary and benefits, up from 43 in 2006. MHPC’s OpenGov.org website lists the names of tollbooth attendants and their salaries; most earn between $40,000 and $55,000. Should the state move to take over the MTA? Would this achieve transportation efficiencies, so that if the turnpike is earning more in tolls than it is spending, those funds can be used elsewhere in the state transportation network? Or would DOT not run the turnpike any differently?

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