Maine Lawmakers Nix Governor LePage’s Proposal to Merge Turnpike with DOT

Portland Press Herald reports, “A legislative committee Thursday [May 25] rejected LePage administration proposals to merge the Maine Turnpike Authority with the Department of Transportation and move toward a single highway toll in York. The unanimous vote came moments after an hourlong public hearing during which opponents urged the Transportation Committee to preserve the quasi-independence of an agency that manages what some described as ‘the gateway to Maine.’”