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Furor over Florida’s Privatized Toll Roads

September 29, 2009

TollRoadsIn a fiery commentary, the Florida Progressive Blog charges, “Florida Republicans with the avid support of Charlie Crist are busily turning Florida’s roads over to private owners who then boost tolls for their profit. The Republican legislature last year enacted a law to allow counties to privatize their roads now too. Private owners charge and raise tolls to recoup their investment and make profits off of motorists.”

“Gina Downs points out that the Republicans use the rationalization that selling off state assets like roads raises revenue for the state (while they gut tax revenues) but the revenue is a one shot deal and not much in the long term. Some of the assets are also being sold off at below market.”

Florida’s Insidious Creeping Privatized Toll Roads [Florida Progressive Blog]

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