Questioning Turpike Authority

Rep. Crawford’s House Bill 1617 is up in the Senate today. The bill changes the way the state’s turnpike authority is set up. Under the bill the authority would be within the DOT and not a separate entity (with a hefty annual budget). If you’re interested, the fiscal note in this case is worth a read.
In part this is a cost savings measure, but it is also could represent a depoliticizing of the process. I’m sure the turnpike board is a great bunch of men (didn’t see any women last time I checked), but I’ve always felt this state could use a few less independent “authorities” stuffed with well-connected folks calling the shots.
Here’s the bill