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Filippi Plans Resolution Meant to Block New Tolls On Passenger Cars

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A Block Island lawmaker wants to prevent the state from imposing new tolls on passenger cars. Governor Gina Raimondo has said tolling passenger cars is...

A Block Island lawmaker wants to prevent the state from imposing new tolls on passenger cars.

Governor Gina Raimondo has said tolling passenger cars is not part of her $1.1 billion infrastructure improvement plan.

Yet some Rhode Islanders fear passenger cars could be targeted for tolls if truck tolls in the governor’s plan fail to generate enough revenue.

To prevent that, representative state Rep. Blake Filippi (I-New Shoreham) plans to introduce a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment blocking new tolls on passenger cars.

"So if the governor ever does want to assess tolls on passenger cars, the people need to repeal that constitutional amendment so the government has that authority at that time," Filipp said.

“History teaches us that our government raises taxes through incrementalism and that successor governments don’t uphold their predecessors’ promises," Filippi said. "By way of example, former Governor Licht broke his campaign promises and gave us Rhode Island’s income tax, the 1 percent increase in our sales tax to fund DEPCO has not been repealed, and many apparently restricted receipt revenues are now put into the General Fund."

The House is expected to consider Raimondo's infrastructure plan in the new legislative session starting in January.

Filippi (at far left) joined GOP lawmakers earlier this month in offering an alternative to Governor Raimondo's truck toll plan
Filippi (at far left) joined GOP lawmakers earlier this month in offering an alternative to Governor Raimondo's truck toll plan