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Lawmakers To Take Up Revised Truck Toll Bills Wednesday, Thursday

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Lawmakers in the Senate and House Finance committees are expected to take up a controversial bill on truck tolls on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively...

Lawmakers in the Senate and House Finance committees are expected to take up a controversial bill on truck tolls on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively Legislative leaders have proposed a compromise to raise money for road and bridge repairs.

The new bill would cap truck tolls at $20 for a rig crossing the state. It would also cut the number of toll gantries from 17 to 14. And reduce the amount of money the state borrows for road and bridge repairs.

Some critics have raised concerns that a toll on trucks could pave the way for car tolls. The new legislation would require voter approval to toll passenger vehicles.

Governor Gina Raimondo first proposed the truck toll to raise money for road and bridge improvements, but her plan raised opposition from business groups.

One of the most vocal critics, the state’s trucking association, says the modified bill represents an improvement. But the group continues to push for an increase in the gas tax and registration fees, as an alternative.

The Rhode Works legislation languished in the House last session under House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello , but he is expected to push the revised bill this session.
The Rhode Works legislation languished in the House last session under House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello , but he is expected to push the revised bill this session.