Daily News Briefs, June 8, 2018

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MassDOT Finally Eliminates Controversial Turnpike Travel Perk

The Boston Globe reports, “Despite warnings two years ago from the [Massachusetts state] inspector general, hundreds of state transportation department employees and retirees continued to drive toll-free on the state’s highways, with taxpayers footing the bill [an estimated $1 million in uncollected revenue]. The perk . . . was discontinued this week following inquiries by the Globe.” The article adds, a MassDOT spokesperson “was unable to say why the agency had not scrapped free transponders after the inspector general’s 2016 warning. The department was also unable to determine whether it had reported the perk to tax authorities and paid appropriate taxes.”

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