Congressman GT Thompson: Pennsylvania Has Long Memory for Failed Tolling Schemes
“More than a decade ago, Pennsylvania’s Act 44 was passed under the misguided assumption that the federal government would grant the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission permission to place tolls across the I-80 corridor. That ill-advised plan was met with great opposition from grassroots activists, the business community, and local lawmakers, who refused to sit by and allow years of mismanagement and questionable practices to go unchecked. Corruption was exposed, Turnpike associates went to jail, and there was a victory for the public good.
In the absence of tolls, 2022 marks the expiration of portions of PA Act 44 that moved $450 million per year from the Turnpike Commission to PennDOT. Unfortunately, the anticipated revenue shortfall has jump started a new scheme to toll nine bridges across the Commonwealth. PennDOT must understand that Pennsylvanians will not be quick to forget the brazen attempts to toll their freeways. We will not sit idle as this newest tax and spend plot unfolds.”