Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf (D) unwittingly undermined his own position in a lawsuit while speaking to a radio host last week. Independent groups representing the interests of truckers and motorists earlier this year filed a class action lawsuit against the governor and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission over the excessive tolls being charged as a way to prop up the state budget. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and the National Motorists Association (NMA) pounced on the transcript of the interview with KDKA radio in which Wolf appeared to concede several critical points.
“People using the turnpike are paying too much,” Wolf said. “The turnpike really is driving business away… It’s just too expensive for the turnpike and turnpike customers. So you’re right, we have to do something about that.”
In the interview, Wolf criticized Act 44 and suggested there was bipartisan support to end this law which mandates the transfer of cash from the toll road to the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT).