As Pennsylvania policymakers await a decision from the Federal Highway Administration about the Turnpike Commission’s request to toll Interstate 80, the Commonwealth Foundation released a new video and visual aid highlighting the Turnpike Commission’s patronage, nepotism, and cronyism.
“Much has been written about the corruption, scandal, and abuses of the Turnpike Commission,” said Matthew Brouillette, president of the Commonwealth Foundation. “But the full-length books, news articles, and editorials have not given the public a visual of just how bad things are at the Commission. So our ‘Pennsylvania Turnpike Family Tree’ gives the public a real look at the patronage, nepotism, and cronyism at the Turnpike Commission.”
“We’ve only scratched the surface. Indeed, because of repeated denials by the Commission of critical information we’ve requested under the Right to Know Act, we really can’t expose all of the abuses and misuses of our toll dollars,” said Brouillette.
The head of the Turnpike Commission called this a smear campaign that did not merit a response. If this is the case, could not the Turnpike Commission sue the Commonwealth Foundation?