Maine Governor LePage Suggests an MTA-MDOT Merger Could Result in the Elimination of Most Tolls

Portland Press Herald reports that Governor Paul LePage “would like to see the Maine Turnpike Authority merge with the Maine Department of Transportation, believing it would lead to the elimination of most tolls.” The governor told a town hall meeting audience, “The only toll we should have is for the visitors coming in and out of the state in the summer months.” (He added that state residents tolled for out-of-state work commutes would receive a tax credit.) LePage’s suggestion was short on details and failed to convince at least one audience member. He told a reporter after the meeting, “Everybody wants a free ride but we all got to pay somewhere.”