House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello wants to implement a truck-toll plan that does not rely on bonding, or that would have a much smaller amount of borrowing. As lawmakers prepare to return to the State House next week, Mattiello’s spokesman says the speaker considers this possible due to a recent infusion of federal transportation money.
Critics call the borrowing in Raimondo’s "RhodeWorks" plan too costly. The governor says the borrowing is necessary to reverse the decline of the state’s bridges.
In related news, the state DOT is defending its release of an 1882 road map as part of a public-records request by state lawmakers. DOT says the map was used in considering construction on routes 6 and 10, so it legally had to be included in the responding to the request.
Critics say the inclusion of the outdated map was an insult to opponents of Raimondo’s truck-toll plan.