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Speaker Mattiello, Gov. Raimondo Continue Discussions Over Truck Toll Proposal

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Governor Gina Raimondo continue to discuss the governor’s truck-toll proposal. Mattiello is already supporting some...

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Governor Gina Raimondo continue to discuss the governor’s truck-toll proposal. Mattiello is already supporting some parts of the governor’s infrastructure plan.

Smith Hill sources expect some version of Governor Raimondo’s truck toll proposal to pass in the House session starting in January. Mattiello says the details have yet to be worked out, although things are moving in the right direction.

“One of the things that I really like about the proposal is more than half your revenues are derived from out of state trucks,” said Mattiello. “Out of state trucks that create a lot of the damage and the wear and tear to our bridges and overpasses are actually contributing to it rather than Rhode Islanders paying the entire cost themselves.”

The state Trucking Association remains critical of Raimondo’s toll plan. Some GOP lawmakers say the governor’s proposal relies too much on borrowed money, yet Mattiello said that approach is similar to the use of a mortgage to buy a house.

GOP lawmakers plan to use a news conference in East Providence Wednesday morning to renew their criticism of Raimondo’s plan.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo stands in front Speaker Mattiello during the announcement of her Rhode Works infrastructure plan earlier this year, which includes the controversial truck-toll proposal.
Gov. Gina Raimondo stands in front Speaker Mattiello during the announcement of her Rhode Works infrastructure plan earlier this year, which includes the controversial truck-toll proposal.