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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 revenues 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 revenues. 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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john begin January 16, 2013 at 02:00 AM
Once again the island is discouraging business and turning it into a political debate.When does the help come for the wallets of islanders who work here and live here and depend on the tourist money to feed our children?The toll is not a tourist tax it is a tax on locals who use this bridge everyday and not just a few times a year.
John H Hedley January 16, 2013 at 01:26 PM
That's so scientific. I guess if it's cold on May 1st then global warming is a hoax too. I'm going to assume you are intimating NG's clientle is out-of-state. If that's the case then won't those people, if we believe the hype from NG last year, be lost forever to with the advent of a casino in Taunton? Again, it's fate acommpli or random conjecture- either way its no basis for govenment to make decisions. I state it again: if you can't afford to live on an ISLAND, then leave. Tolls/fees are part and parcel of island/shore living everywhere else on the Eastern seaboard. Stop being a crybaby and get with the flipping program. Also: I went to a concert last year at NG...I didn't do a formal census, but there were quite a few cars from RI and CT in the lot. So I have to reiterate: show me the data.
John H Hedley January 16, 2013 at 01:43 PM
How about we stop worring about an industry that serves up low paying service wages, makes a few rich whites richer, drives up property taxes on residential land, costs the whole state millions in subsidies and other special costs, dramatically drives up crime and air pollution and saps capital and resources from better paying and more economically reliable industries? Either that or let's start having tourism pay it's fair share for all the dollars it siphons from a reliable year-around economy.
amusedinri January 16, 2013 at 02:07 PM
If they don't put tolls on the bridge who pays for the bridge and it's future costs? Where will we get these funds?
Joe Sousa. January 16, 2013 at 07:05 PM
There is enough evidence to show a toll will cost the State more than they will collect. When Rep Edwards Bill comes to the committee we need bodies to fill the hearing room. Help STOP this ill conceived idea before they hurt businesses all across the island.

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