It is becoming very clear now that Governor Gina Raimondo’s More Debt, New Tolls Plan is not ready for prime time.
Yesterday, we learned that the Federal Highway Administration sent a letter to R.I. DOT which included numerous questions and raised important concerns as to the impact of her plan. If the feds have questions and concerns about Raimondo’s More Debt, New Tolls Plan, shouldn’t the General Assembly have some of the same type questions and concerns?
Rhode Island Republican Party Chairman Brandon S. Bell stated, “Raimondo is clearly trying to rush this major proposal through the General Assembly without a proper public vetting. But, there is no need to rush this. Yesterday we also learned that the first bond would not be issued under her More Debt, New Tolls Plan until July 2016. If that is true, this legislation could be considered later this year or in 2016.” Chairman Bell pondered, “Maybe Governor Raimondo is trying to rush this plan through the General Assembly because she is under pressure to reward her strongest allies in organized labor: the building trade unions. Maybe Governor Raimondo is getting worried that Speaker Nicholas Mattiello wants to have a fall session to vote on her More Debt, New Tolls Plan and a possible taxpayer giveaway to millionaires to build a ballpark?”