HARRISBURG - State auditors are criticizing the fact that Pennsylvania Turnpike commissioners are still driving free cars.
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 $33,945 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."