- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says a proposed toll on large commercial vehicles won’t be included in the state budget.

The toll proposal is part of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s $4.8 billion infrastructure plan called RhodeWorks. Officials say the tolls would pay for a $700 million revenue bond to repair the state’s deteriorating bridges. Trucks would be electronically tolled at each bridge along the state’s five highways.

Mattiello said Thursday after a Democratic caucus about the budget that he has questions about the proposal and he’s concerned about the effect on businesses. He says the House isn’t ready to take any action regarding tolls.

The House Finance Committee is expected to vote on the budget Tuesday.

The Rhode Island Trucking Association has said the trucking industry is being unfairly targeted.


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