PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers have taken up a bill that sponsors say would raise $1 billion for transportation infrastructure over 10 years and eliminate the need for a toll on the SakonnetRiverBridge.
The House Finance Committee was reviewing legislation Tuesday that would redirect existing state funds and impose a 5 percent surcharge on all motor vehicle fees to pay for infrastructure projects.
Rep. John Edwards, a sponsor, says the bill isn't perfect but addresses the state's crumbling infrastructure with a minimal amount of new revenue.
Critics of the Sakonnet toll say it poses an unfair burden to commuters, small businesses and tourists. It was set at 10 cents after a legislative battle last year but is expected to go up if another funding source can't be agreed upon.
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