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Tolls face crucial vote in Capitol

March 20, 2019

The General Assembly is scheduled to vote on the increasingly emotional issue of highway tolls on Wednesday, in Gov. Ned Lamont’s attempt to create a new revenue stream to fund overdue infrastructure improvements.

The Transportation Committee will act on the proposal the day after a federal judge in Rhode Island ordered an appeal of that state’s trucks-only highway toll program to start at a lower court.

While during last fall’s election campaign Lamont said he would propose trucks-only tolls to bring in an estimated $200 million a year in new revenue, upon taking office he expanded the proposal to include all vehicles, stressing that with 40 percent of the state’s highway traffic coming from out-of-state.

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