Rep. Dan Gordon Blasts Proposal To Place Tolls on Mount Hope Bridge

Rep. Dan Gordon says he will reject any legislation to collect tolls off the Mount Hope Bridge.

The following is from a press release issued by Rep. Dan Gordon (Dist. 71-Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton) on Wednesday. 

This morning, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority in a vote of 2-1, agreed to raise the cost of crossing the Pell Newport Bridge from $4 to $5, effective as of July 1. 

Also, most notably, the resolution passed by the authority and refers to a proposal by Governor Lincoln Chafee to toll the new Sakonnet River Bridge.  

"I am adamantly opposed to the entire resolution," wrote Rep. Dan Gordon in the press release. "Raising tolls during the height of the tourist season on the Pell Bridge will do nothing but further starve the tourism economic engine of Aquidneck Island, of fuel. Our small businesses, the life-blood of the economy, will face further difficulty surviving, should this grab at revenue generation take place.   

"The residents of Little Compton, Portsmouth, and Tiverton cannot, and will not, tolerate a revisit to the failed past practice of tolling the Mt. Hope Bridge, in addition to possible tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

"Rhode Island already has one of the highest rates of taxation across the board in the entire country, and we refuse to participate in a failed scheme that continues to demand more of our dollars thrown into a swirling vortex of fiscal mismanagement. There are viable solutions to our roadway infrastructure problems.

"This isn’t it. I can assure my constituents that I will do everything within my power to quash this onerous proposal to milk the taxpayers of every last drop. Enough!"

Gerry Jones February 10, 2012 at 06:13 PM
He's mine, too. Utterly useless, never returns calls and doesn't go the assembly when they have important bills to vote on. Complete waste of time- I can't wait to vote someone else.
Born and Raised in the Tiv February 10, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Yup, vote someone else in and then just keep on complaining!!
Gerry Jones February 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM
That photo was taken the day he was lying about his military record, claiming all of his problems stem from PTSD and a "wound" 8 miles outside of Bagdad. What a piece of work!
Gerry Jones February 11, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Dan, do us all a huge favor and resign. You are a do-nothing-irrelevant-ink hound. Spare us, your constituents, any more embarrassment and just go away.
Dylan July 13, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I sent a letter to Dan Gordon and he has stated to me that he is against the toll and will be looking into the constitutionality of this toll since it seems to conflict with the uniformity clause of the constitution check out the letter i sent on my blog against this unfair toll here: http://tiverton.patch.com/blog_posts/stop-the-toll-on-the-sakonnet-river-bridge


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