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Debating the toll road lease

April 16, 2008
As expected, Jim Schellinger and Jill Long Thompson are making Gov. Mitch Danielsâ?? lease of the Indiana Toll Road an issue in their campaign for the Democratic nomination to face him in November.

Both Democratic candidates have said they oppose his decision to hand over operation of the road to the private sector, and they repeated that stance last night during their first, and perhaps only, debate before the May 6 primary election.

From the beginning, Daniels has contended that the lease to the Macquarie-Cintra consortium unlocked $3.8 billion for building roads and other infrastructure to make the state more competitive.

In the two-plus years Hoosiers have debated the lease, the pros and cons seem to come down to a philosophical question of whether public assets should be operated by government or the private sector.

What do you think?
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