Lawmaker says Sakonnet bridge toll unfair

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A Rhode Island lawmaker says he will oppose plans to charge tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

State Rep. Dan Reilly said the toll proposal in a tentative state budget unveiled Thursday would pose a burden to residents and commuters in the East Bay.

The Portsmouth Republican said that for his constituents, bridge tolls would be worse than the tax hikes.

The budget proposal would transfer control of the bridge to the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, which has the authority to impose tolls on the bridge. The amount of the tolls hasn’t been set.

The budget proposal would also impose taxes on taxi fares, car washes and clothing costing $250 or more.

The state House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the $8.1 billion budget next week.

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