Survey: Pennsylvanians against leasing Turnpike

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A Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association survey indicated two out of three state residents oppose leasing the Turnpike to a private company.

Susquehanna Polling and Research surveyed 800 registered voters April 12-17. Most rejected privatization arguments that revenues gained from a lease would help avoid a tax increase and that private operation would result in more efficient Turnpike management.

Opposition to leasing the Turnpike was uniform across all demographics, researchers reported.

As part of his budget address in February, Gov. Edward Rendell outlined a possible Turnpike lease as part of a plan to generate $965 million a year for highways and bridges.