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Gov. Kevin Stitt wants to consolidate the state's transportation and turnpike agencies, which makes sense at least on the surface (EDITORIAL)

Gov. Kevin Stitt wants to consolidate the state's transportation and turnpike agencies, which makes sense at least on the surface (EDITORIAL)

Tulsa World
From World's Editorial Writers
Feb 1, 2020

On first glance, Gov. Kevin Stitt’s idea of consolidating the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority makes sense.

The two agencies — one that builds and maintains state roads with a mix of state and federal tax funding and the other that builds and maintains a separate set of roads with toll-funded bond money — developed because of peculiarities of state history and now-dated attitudes about government borrowing.

Both have long been indirectly responsible to the governor, although that power flows through separate boards. From time to time, including now, they have been unified by a common cabinet secretary... FULL ARTICLE

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