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Revised Truck Toll Legislation Expected To Be Introduced

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A revised truck toll bill is expected to be introduced in the General Assembly Thursday. House Majority Leader John DeSimone is expected to introduce th...

A revised truck toll bill is expected to be introduced in the General Assembly Thursday.

House Majority Leader John DeSimone is expected to introduce the bill in the House, while Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio will sponsor the bill in the Senate.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has signaled his support for hundreds of million dollars fewer borrowing than contained in the original proposal unveiled last year by Governor Gina Raimondo.

Opponents say truck tolls will hurt business and add to consumer costs. Supporters like Raimondo say the tolls represent a fair way to raise money for roads and bridges.

Raimondo told reporters earlier this week that the revised truck toll legislation will not be a part of her next budget. The governor will unveil the spending plan on Tuesday.

Governor Gina Raimondo, and political leaders at the announcement of the Rhode Works plan last Spring
Governor Gina Raimondo, and political leaders at the announcement of the Rhode Works plan last Spring