Gary Richardson on Technology
Eliminate the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority
Richardson's campaign message is very similar to the one he employed in 2002, when he received 14 percent of the vote.
Richardson has attacked the Republican-led Legislature's attempts to increase revenue through what amount to fee and tax increases, and vowed to eliminate the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.
Source: Tulsa World on 2018 Oklahoma governor race
, Jul 30, 2017
Dismantle the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority
For over 60 years, Oklahomans have been sold many lies about our turnpikes. One of the biggest lies was that "once the roads were paid for they would become free roads." Here we are in 2017 and not one turnpike has been turned back over to the state.
We don't know who owns the bonds. We don't know how much money the turnpike authority truly spends! However, we do know that not one dime of the toll gate money comes back to the state treasury. Not to mention that the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority
doesn't pay any property taxes.
It's time to take back the turnpikes by first demanding a truly independent-ordered forensic audit of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. I won't be surprised if that audit uncovers millions of dollars in waste and
outright fraud. From there, as Governor, I will work with the legislature to begin the process to dismantle the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and bring these roads back into the control of the people of Oklahoma.
Source: 2018 Oklahoma governor campaign website GaryRichardson.org
, May 2, 2017
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