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Auditor slams Pa. Turnpike for employee passes

Published: Mon, December 10, 2012 @ 5:45 p.m.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state auditor general says the Pennsylvania Turnpike should end the practice of letting its employees and vendors drive on the toll road for free when they’re not working.

Auditor General Jack Wagner said today he estimates the free-pass policy cost the state at least $7.7 million in lost collections over nearly five years. It’s not clear how much of that is personal travel and how much is work-related.

He calls the practice disturbing and is urging turnpike executives to stop it, or at least improve oversight. Wagner plans to issue a report on the subject later this month.

A turnpike spokesman says Wagner’s report is under review.


1paulydel(1293 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

They should get to ride free. Its no different than an employee that works in a retail store getting a discount.

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2putter22(52 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

What is so disturbing about it? Its a perk of the job. Look, I'm all about tightening the screws on wasteful government spending but this isn't one of them. The toll passes are an extension of these employee's income. Let it do Wagner and go kick a kitten. You'll feel better.

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3NilesOhio(730 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

@putter22 - Other than kicking a kitten, I agree with you.

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