STATE HOUSE – Representative Doreen M. Costa (R-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter) wants Rhode Island voters to have the final say regarding the governor’s bridge toll plan.
“Taxpayers should vote for whether they want bridge tolls in this state,” said Costa. “The governor may be technically correct by saying taxpayers won’t be on the hook for revenue bonds. She also said that if toll revenues fall short, higher tolls will be charged. What the governor fails to mention is that taxpayers will end up paying more for good and services that are transported into the state by the companies that are paying the tolls. Taxpayers need the whole story and they should have the final say.
Costa said the governor’s plan to get revenue bond approval without divulging the full details of the project is not the way government should be handling decisions on a $1.1 billion project.
“There are too many unknowns like where the gantries will be located and what happens if the tolling numbers come in under projections,” continued Costa. “Time and again taxpayers want and ask for transparency; this toll project really demands it.”
For more information, contact:
Lisa Blais, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
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