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Plan nixes Sakonnet toll, ups Rhode Island gas tax

 

NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island legislative leaders have announced a plan to kill the Sakonnet Bridge toll and hike the gas tax and some fees to raise money for a statewide transportation infrastructure fund.

The proposal is funded in multiple ways, including redirecting existing revenues and increasing vehicle inspection fees by $16. The gas tax would go up 1 cent beginning in July 2015.

The plan represents a win for East Bay legislators, who call the toll a burden.

The proposal is in the House version of the fiscal 2015 budget being considered Thursday night by the Finance Committee.

A 10-cent toll went into effect in August after a heated legislative debate. The state's bridge authority had planned to raise it. RITBA will get over $14 million a year from the fund.

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