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Pa. Turnpike officials still getting free cars

Published On: Jan 23 2013 11:39:06 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 23 2013 02:33:46 PM EST
Pennsylvania Turnpike toll booth at Morgantown interchange

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The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Turnpike Commission Chairman William Lieberman got a $40,000 2013 Jeep Cherokee on Dec. 28.

The newspaper reports he handed down the 2012 model he got a year earlier to fellow Commissioner Pasquale ``Pat'' Deon.

The other two commissioners, Michael Pratt and William Lincoln, drive 2011 Ford Explorers that cost nearly $34,000 each.

Outgoing Auditor General Jack Wagner criticized the free cars, calling them an ``overly generous'' perk. Tolls went up Jan. 6.

State auditors write that they don't believe part-time commissioners require permanently assigned vehicles. They say the commission should discontinue the practice.

The commission's acting chief executive officer, Craig Shuey, calls the vehicles ``appropriate and necessary.''