Letter: State has plenty of money to fund Sakonnet Bridge

To the editor:

Since I started the campaign nearly a year and a half ago with petitions, the rally at Clements’ Market, and letting the governor know how the people in the East Bay feel about tolls at the Town Hall, much has come about.

The East Bay has the support from many people around the state. Our East Bay reps and senators rallied at the State House and we had the toll off the bridge.

Alas, the speaker of the House, our senate president and our governor pulled a dirty deed, called the “Trailer Bill.” Here we are with a 10-cent toll.

Our legislative commission regarding this issue is starting this coming Thursday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. at the State House in Room 35. My thoughts are this: If they could find $12.5 million almost overnight for the pension plan, this should be quite doable.

If the people in Pawtucket could get a brand new bridge free of charge to them, the people in the East Bay should get the same. This is a statewide issue, and all the people in the state should pay for our infrastructure, not just a portion.

I just received my registration renewal, and it has gone up. Does anyone realize that in motor vehicle registrations and license fees, the state received more than $46 million? Between registration, license, title, emissions and everything else related to driving in this state, that the state has collected almost $67 million?

Of this $67 million, a very small portion goes to (the R.I. Department of Transportation) for our infrastructure. What is wrong with this picture? For a state that has a total of $8.3 billion budget, and our infrastructure can’t be maintained?

(The R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority) has around 28 employees that push paper around and do nothing of the actual work for two bridges, and yet their combined salaries and benefits are $3.1 million annually. Not kidding.

On Sept. 30, at the Foodworks in Portsmouth from 6-8 p.m., come find out what is going on with the commission.

Jeanne Smith

Portsmouth

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One Comment;

  1. beerchugga58 said:

    JEANNE SMITH, YOU MAKE A VERY GOOD POINT THAT OUR GOVERNOR AND ELECTED OFFICIALS DO NOT DO THEIR JOB WELL! ALL THIS MONEY IS GOING SOMEWHERE BUT NOBODY KNOWS WHERE. YOU SHOULD REDIRECT THIS LETTER TO THE SENATOR IN PORTSMOUTH AND BRISTOL, AND ASK HIM WHAT HE IS DOING ABOUT IT.

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