DeFazio Clarifies Position on Tolls

Congressman DeFazio is quoted in yesterday’s Trib saying that he’s not opposed to tolls, nor is he opposed to public-private partnerships.

He’s just opposed to deals that screw the public:

DeFazio said his objections were with the structure of the Indiana deal, not tolls or public-private partnerships in general. Although MIG-Cintra paid Indiana $3.8 billion to lease the roadway, the two companies will be able to set and collect tolls for 75 years – far too long, in DeFazio’s opinion.

“They’ll get their investment back in 15 years and reap 60 years of profits,” he predicted.

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