Bridge Tolls Could Cost State $16 Million in Gambling Revenue, Says CEO

The CEO of Newport Grand Slots weighs in on the bridge toll proposal.

Plans to place bridge tolls on the new Sakonnet River Bridge could end up in a huge loss in gambling revenue for the state, says the Newport Grand slot parlor's chief executive officer. 

Newport Grand CEO Diane Hurley tells The Newport Daily News that bridge tolls would cost the state a maximum of $16 million in gambling revenue. Bridge tolls could be in place as early as this summer, according to The Providence Journal. 

Do you agree with Hurley? Tell us in the comment section below! 

Local and state politicians have been fighting plans to place tolls on the new Sakonnet River Bridge. 

The Department of Transportation (DOT) held public hearings in Tiverton and Portsmouth last month. Residents are asked to submit their opinion on tolls to the DOT by Jan. 18. 

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Grinwhicket January 19, 2013 at 02:33 PM
What is the projected income from the tollbooths vs the projected loss of 16 million a year, and out of whose pockets will come the tolls?


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