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Lawmaker Calls for Public Vote on Governor's Truck-Toll Plan

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State Rep. Doreen Costa (R-North Kingstown) says voters should get the chance to sign off on Governor Gina Raimondo’s truck toll plan. Raimondo...

State Rep. Doreen Costa (R-North Kingstown) says voters should get the chance to sign off on Governor Gina Raimondo’s truck toll plan. Raimondo maintains citizens will not be responsible for making up the difference if truck tolls produce less revenue than expected.

The governor's proposal to upgrade the state's rundown bridges has attracted opposition from critics who object to borrowing and other aspects of the $1.1 billion plan, including the yet to be specified location of toll gantries.

“There are too many unknowns like where the gantries will be located and what happens if the tolling numbers come in under projections,” Costa said in a statement. “Time and again taxpayers want and ask for transparency; this toll project really demands it.”

Costa says voters have a financial interest in the issue, since truck tolls could lead to higher prices for goods and services.

Raimondo has defended her plan to use revenue bonds to raise capital for her infrastructure proposal. State officials say borrowing money to upgrade bridges will bring down the long-term cost of making improvements.

The House of Representatives is expected to pass a modified version of Raimondo’s truck toll proposal in the new legislative session starting in January.

Rep. Doreen Costa during a past debate on the House floor.
Rep. Doreen Costa during a past debate on the House floor.