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Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission: A Performance Audit
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission: A Performance Audit
Our Price: $30.00
By Jack Wagner (ed)
Year: 2013
Pages: 114
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-4578-4316-7

Product Code: 1457843161

Pennsylvania State Auditor Gen. Jack Wagners audit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has found that the turnpikes involvement in interest-rate swaps has cost Pennsylvania taxpayers and turnpike motorists at least $108.9 million. The turnpikes strategy was to use the swaps to save money, but it has instead further burdened the debt-ridden commission by not using conventional fixed-rate bonds to finance its debt. Under Act 44, a Lease and Funding Agreement was entered into by the turnpike and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), which requires the turnpike to pay PennDOT $450 million a year, or nearly $24 billion, over a period of 50 years to provide funding for roads, bridges and transit. The turnpike raised tolls only five times from its opening in 1940 through 2004. Since Act 44 was implemented in 2007, there have been five annual toll increases, including one that took effect Jan. 6. This audit shows that the commissions long-term debt has increased by more than 200%, from $2.6 billion to $8.3 billion, since the General Assembly approved Act 44 of 2007. Given its precarious financial position relative to Act 44 payments, the turnpike should not use these complicated and risky deals, Wagner asserts. The Turnpike Commission should terminate its swap deals and ban all swap use in the future for the sake of Pennsylvania taxpayers and the motoring public as soon as it is financially feasible to do so. Tables. This is a print on demand report.

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