Turnpike boss opposes proposed merger with PennDOT

Post Gazette story on PA Turnpike chief Joseph Brimmeier opposing Sen. Jane Orie’s plan to put the Turnpike under PennDOT control. This would shock no one. And while the Commonwealth Foundation is not supporting Sen. Orie’s plan (we favor using a public-private partnership), the response of Brimmeier is telling.

“It cost me over $5 million to help PennDOT out that day [Valentines Day]”.

You personally, Mr. Brimmeier, or the Turnpike Commission? I guess given how you use Turnpike funds, there really isn’t much difference.