House votes 67-4 to stop bridge tolls


The Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 67-4 Wednesday evening to delay implementation of Sakonnet Bridge tolls until next April, 2014. That directive is in the form of an Article attached to the state budget, which is still being debated at this hour. If the final state budget is approved (by the House, Senate and governor) with the House article attached, the bridge tolls will be subjected to months of more scrutiny, with a special commission to report back by January.

Talking from inside the Statehouse, Bristol state Rep. Raymond Gallison called the vote a huge victory for the East Bay.


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Nard Glimrod

At whom is your pointless comment directed, Joe?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | Report this
Nard Glimrod

The question I asked is pretty simple. Neither you nor Joe have answered it.

Is Joe's comment directed at the Senate? At Rep. Gallison specifically? At RITBA? At the populace (i.e. the "us" in "Let's")? At Scott Pickering?

And, please, don't get cute and answer "all of the above".

Thursday, June 27, 2013 | Report this

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