- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Senate is once again pushing back a vote on a bill that would block tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge and establish a transportation infrastructure fund to pay for statewide projects.

Senate spokesman Greg Pare on Wednesday cited as the reason ongoing talks with House lawmakers and the governor’s office. The House is pursuing a different version of the legislation.

Sen. Louis DiPalma says his bill would raise about $800 million over the next 10 years for bridges, roads and the state’s public transit agency while eliminating the need to toll the Sakonnet Bridge. It would raise the funds in part through the redirection of state funds, beginning in fiscal year 2016.

The lead sponsor of the House version has said previously it identifies different funding sources.

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