One Reason the PA Turnpike Commission is So Corrupt

Via Eric Boehm. Change the compensation package immediately!:

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is the five-member governing body, with four members selected by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. The state Secretary of Transportation is the fifth member of the commission.

Commissioners are paid the relatively modest salary of $26,000 for their positions, which require them to be on-duty 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

But they seem to make up for the modest salaries with expense accounts that auditors deemed “overly generous and permissive,” in the new report.

The Turnpike Commission incurred more than $539,000 in expenses for the six people who served on the panel during the four-and-a-half years that the audit examined.

Comments

  1. John says:

    Just wait until you see the compensation package the NIZ board is going to reward itself with.

  2. GDub says:

    The positions “require them to be on-duty 24 hours a day and seven days a week.” Hmmm. Seems like everyone would be better off with some full time Commissioners who don’t have time to have another job.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      Agreed. But for some reason a lot of people like the idea of government-by-volunteer even though it routinely results in mismanagement and corruption.

  3. GDub says:

    The membership is not undistinguished, and is similar to the types of people you might see on a Board of Directors of a similarly sized company.

    But the idea that the Commissioners need to meet at any time is a bit silly, particularly when it allows folks to expense a lot of nonsense.

    • John says:

      GDub, if you want to have some fun, spend time googling the political connections of this august group.

      It’s pure bipartisan political payback.

      • Jon Geeting says:

        Exactly why it needs to get folded into PennDOT immediately.

        • John says:

          Anytime you want to get rid of useless bureaucrats I’m all for it. We could cut government employment by millions of people and not lose a beat.

          • Jon Geeting says:

            I’d leave it to PennDOT to figure out how many employees they need, but it’s pointless to have multiple agencies in charge of transportation.

          • John says:

            PennDOT is actually decently run.

            By bureaucrats I mean the Turnpike Commission. It’s utterly worthless and completely duplicative with PennDOT, you’d be able to fire the whole agency and not miss a thing.

          • Jon Geeting says:

            Agreed. I like Barry Schoch more lately, but still want to see him replaced by Rina Cutler next time a Democrat is Governor.

  4. John says:

    Don’t know anything about Rina Cutler, but hopefully the next Democrat governor (and Republican governors too) makes that decision based on what is best for the state rather than what is best for the party.

    Sure would be nice to have the taxpayers put first for a change.

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