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GOP governor hopeful decries toll increase

GOP governor hopeful decries toll increase

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Tulsa World - by: Staff Reports
Friday, July 24, 2009

7/24/2009 5:02:40 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brogdon called Thursday for restricting the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority's ability to raise tolls.

"Hiking tolls when people are struggling to make ends meet will only make things worse," Brogdon said in a statement released through the state Senate press office.

"Oklahoma's citizens and businesses are facing economic uncertainty. This is not the time to add to their financial burden through a decision that was essentially taxation without representation."

Brogdon, a state senator from Owasso, said he is planning legislation for the next session that would prevent the Turnpike Authority from raising tolls "without the consent of the people or their elected representatives."

Tolls on Oklahoma turnpikes will increase by 16 percent to 30 percent Aug. 4. The increase approved last week by the Turnpike Authority will be the first in 15 years.

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