Was anyone besides Dan Reilly listening at the Portsmouth Business Association sponsored meeting with Assembly Members on Saturday, September 22nd?
The message was tolls are not acceptable... period!
The DOT has mismanaged their funds and this will NOT be passed on to the citizens of the East Bay!
We are calling on the people of the state of Rhode Island to rally with us and tell their legislators that this toll (on a commuter bridge) is not acceptable. When we all stand together, as we did on National Popular Vote, and on the East Bay Energy Consortium Act that was going to potentially return some funds to nine towns in the east bay, but on the backs of the other 30 towns by raising utility rates... we were successful!
This is NOT just an East Bay issue! We need statewide support on this.
Please stand with us and tell the DOT to go back to the drawing board. They can certainly find a solution if their backs are up against the wall!
Legislators that voted FOR the tolls are Ajello, Baldelli-Hunt, Bennet, Blazejewski, Brien, Carnevale, Cimini, Coderre, Corvese, DeSimone, Diaz, Fellela, Ferri, Fox, Handy, Hull, Jacquard, Johnston, Keable, Lally, Marcello, Martin, Mattiello, McCauley, McNamara, Medina, Melo, Messier, Naughton, Nunes, O'Grady, O'Neill, Petrarca, Phillips, San Bento, Serpa, Silva, Slater, Tanzi, Tarro, Tomasso, Ucci, Valencia, Walsh, Williams, and Winfield. (some of these legislators have already lost in their primary challenge, but I wanted the count to be accurate.)
Tell them that the voters of Rhode Island will NOT play the "divide and conquer" game that has always worked so well for them in the past! We must all stand together!
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