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Populist candidate tackles tolls

Populist candidate tackles tolls


The Oklahoman Editorial

Published: January 30, 2010

WHAT is it about lesser-known candidates for governor who flit in and out of populism?

In 2002, independent Gary Richardson campaigned on eliminating tolls on the Turner Turnpike, ignoring the fact that the people themselves had agreed to cross-pledge revenue from that toll road to pay for less-traveled turnpikes.

State Sen. Randy Brogdon, a Republican running for governor this year, wants turnpike toll increases to be the exclusive domain of the Legislature with the high barrier of two-thirds approval.

Earlier this week, we took to task Sen. Kenneth Corn, D-Poteau, for trying to micromanage disbursal of Rainy Day Fund money. Some lawmakers also want exclusive authority to set college tuition rates. And now Brodgon wants to micromanage the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority because it had the audacity to raise tolls last year... FULL ARTICLE

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