- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Trucking Association has cut ties with its lobbying firm and spokesman on the heels of Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo’s revised plan to toll large commercial trucks.

WPRI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1ZZUU2Y) that the trucking association’s president, Chris Maxwell, confirmed Friday it had parted ways with lobbying firm The Mayforth Group and communications specialist Bill Fischer.

Maxwell says they disagreed over how to finish the association’s campaign against Raimondo’s plan.

The Mayforth Group and Fischer didn’t immediately return WPRI’s requests for comment.

The revised plan unveiled Thursday reduces the maximum toll amounts that truckers would have to pay.

Maxwell says he’s opposed to any plan that includes tolling.

The aim of the tolls is to finance a 10-year public works project to repair the state’s deteriorating bridges and roads.



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