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Legislative approval urged for Oklahoma toll increases

Legislative approval urged for Oklahoma toll increases

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BY BARBARA HOBEROCK - Tulsa World

Published: January 25, 2010

State Sen. Randy Brogdon has filed legislation to deprive the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority of the power to increase tolls.

Brogdon’s Senate Bill 1773 would require two-thirds of the Legislature to approve a turnpike toll increase.

The Turnpike Authority in July approved a toll increase averaging 16 percent. The authority said that toll increase, which took effect Aug. 4, was necessary due to a drop in toll revenue.

"The OTA raised rates at a very inopportune time,” said Brogdon, who is running for governor. "Thousands of Oklahomans are losing their jobs. The economy has fallen down.”... FULL ARTICLE


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