Tolls on the Crescent City Connection are set to expire next year, but a task force created by state lawmakers is looking at the possibility of extending the tolls. And that’s the topic of Clancy’s Commentary this week, by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
George Orwell died more than 60 years ago, but he would have appreciated the double-speak being foisted on the public by a legislative task force on the West Bank.
The task force is supposed to be studying ways that the Crescent City Connection can continue to operate without tolls.
Last week, members of the task force decided to expand their job description: they’re going to recommend ways to spend toll money, just in case lawmakers vote to extend the tolls, which are set to expire at the end of next year.
Here’s what’s happening, folks: The task force is trying to provide political cover so some lawmakers can push to extend the tolls. Now, tolls may or may not be a good idea — depending on whether they are truly needed. According to a legislative audit last year, toll monies from the bridge have not always been spent properly or prudently.
The language in the bill creating the task force was clear: Analyze the transition to a toll-free bridge.
Nothing ambiguous there, unless you subscribe to the Orwellian notion that analyzing the transition to a toll-free bridge means figuring out a way to extend the tolls.