It's A Toll-A-Palooza!
RPG Bridge Repair Plan Summary
The Republican Policy Group Plan is a ten year commitment to repair our deficient bridges.
It contains no new revenue: no tolls, no new taxes, no new fees It provides more money for repair and replacement than the Governor's Borrowing/Tolling proposal
It requires a long term commitment from the General Assembly that prioritizes bridge infrastructure. In conversations last spring with RIDOT Director Peter Alviti, he stressed the safety issues surrounding our deficient bridges. He expressed serious concern that travelers will be severely hurt if action is not taken soon. We concur. This plan provides funds more quickly than borrowing & tolling and is cheaper overall.
Uses Current Revenue
No Bond Attorney and Underwriting Fees
No Hefty Interest Charges
No Expensive Gantry Installations or Maintenance
No Credit Card Fees for Transponders
No Increase in Consumer Prices to pay for higher shipping costs
No Loss of Competiveness for our Small Businesses due to higher costs of raw materials and shipping finished goods
No Harm to our Trucking industry, their ability to retain and attract customers
No Loss of Gas Tax Revenue as Trucks Divert Travel around RI
No Moral Jeopardy for the State's residents from the temptation of easy revenue from higher, broader tolls