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2/4/2016 Sen. Kettle and Sen. Morgan introduce alternative bridge repair plan legislation
STATE HOUSE – Senate Minority Whip Nicholas D. Kettle and Sen. Elaine J. Morgan have introduced an alternative bridge and infrastructure repair proposal to the Rhode Island Senate.  The legislation would establish a bridge works restricted receipt account, a separate line item in the budget, to fund the maintenance and repair of the bridges within Rhode Island.

“Although I do not disagree with the need to fix our crumbling bridges, I believe there is a better and more cost-effective way to fund this project,” said Senator Kettle (R-Dist. 21, Coventry, Foster, Scituate, West Greenwich).  “My legislation would take existing monies from the state budget to fund these necessary repairs, which I believe is the best plan for the taxpayers of Rhode Island.”

“I am proud to cosponsor this legislation with Senator Kettle because I do believe the funds needed to finance our state’s bridge repairs can be found within the state’s existing budget,” said Senator Morgan (R-Dist. 34, Hopkinton, Charlestown, Exeter, Richmond, West Greenwich).  “The residents and businesses of this state are already over-taxed and the money for repairs can be found elsewhere in the established state budget.  We have worked on this plan since the end of last session and we can start work right away if implemented.”

The proposed bridge works restricted receipt account would be funded by the motor fuel tax, motor vehicle operation violation fees, motor vehicle inspection fees, renewable energy fees, video lottery terminal sales, motion picture production tax credits, the capital plan fund account and prioritizing spending within the budget.

For more information, contact:
Katie Haughey Cardoza, Senate Minority Office
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2708