Ellmers files anti-toll bill for I-95

March 8, 2012 7:30:33 PM PST
Congresswoman Renee Ellmers took action Thursday to put the brakes on a proposal to place tolls on Interstate 95 in North Carolina.

The Second District representative introduced a bill that would forbid the state Department of Transportation from converting I-95 into a toll road.

Ellmers said drivers in North Carolina already pay one of the highest gas taxes in the country.

"I feel very strongly that it will hurt businesses there," said Ellmers. "It will hurt our constituents who have to pay an additional tax, essentially to drive to work every day."

The DOT said the tolls are needed to pay for the $4 billion necessary upgrades.

Ellmers said the Highway Transportation Fund has been raided and that money should have been left in the fund for I-95 repairs. She thinks the state DOT should have done a better job budgeting their money.

"My constituents in these areas are already facing hard times and now we've increased their gas tax and we're going to be adding another tax on them to go to and from work -- to and from their daily lives," said Ellmers. "I just think that's incredibly unfair."

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