2010-06-03 / Local & State

PennDOT Unit Criticized In Report To Be Disbanded

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Ed Rendell is disbanding a special unit of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that a grand jury said exists only to expedite paperwork for legislators seeking to win favor with voters.

The panel that investigated the state legislative corruption scandal criticized the 35-person unit in a scathing assessment of the Legislature released this week.

Rendell spokesman Gary Tuma said Wednesday that the unit will be disbanded in the next few days and the employees reassigned elsewhere in PennDOT. However, he said PennDOT will continue to help legislators with constituent requests through “normal administrative channels.”

The report also says the House Democratic and Republican caucuses employ – at a cost of nearly $900,000 a year – dozens of people to expedite processing of mostly routine PennDOT paperwork for businesses and other constituents.

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