Report questions Maine Turnpike expenditures

Posted Jan. 30, 2011, at 3:43 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 31, 2011, at 12:51 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A public hearing’s been set for Feb. 11 on a report by state spending watchdogs that questions Maine Turnpike Authority expenditures for such things as limousine services, in-room movies and alcoholic beverages between 2005 and 2009.

A report released Friday by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability also cites more than $157,000 in gift certificate purchases from various hotel chains and restaurants in 2005 and 2006. Turnpike officials say that practice has been halted.

The report, requested by Democratic Sen. Dawn Hill of York, questions travel and meals, lobbying, sponsorships and donations among other matters.

The turnpike says the report overall presents a positive picture and notes several areas where it’s been able to cut costs.

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