2 NC Lawmakers On Capitol Hill Fighting I-95 Toll

Keeping you moving on I-95 and money in your pocket is the goal of legislation proposed by a couple of North Carolina members of congress.

The state is exploring tolls on the interstate, but representative Renee Ellmers and 3rd district congressman Walter Jones are hoping to stop that, saying residents are already taxed enough. The lawmakers introduced a bill "No Tolls in North Carolina Act of 2012" to prevent the Federal Highway Administration from approving a pilot program that would add tolls in order to pay for its expansion. They say our highways need to be updated, but residents shouldn't bear the burden. Congressman G.K. Butterfield says he opposes the legislation.

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  • by bob Location: etheridge on Mar 10, 2012 at 08:37 PM
    The toll will be paid primarily by travelers on I(% fro OUT OF STATE! This will not be a significant burden on North Carolinians -- Renee just wants to get re-elected!
  • by tim Location: greenville on Mar 10, 2012 at 06:55 PM
    This TOLL ROADS idea should be fought tooth and nail.....give in to the premise, and you'll be taxed and tolled to death!
  • by m on Mar 10, 2012 at 09:49 AM
    NO TOLL Roads. Since when is NC New England, it's not our system it's a Northern System. Raise the Gas prices along the interstate, but NO TOLL ROADS.
  • by Jusfax on Mar 10, 2012 at 09:41 AM
    We already pay one of the highest gas taxes in the country. Now they want us to pay toll? They must be drinking the coolaid!!!
  • by Rodney D. on Mar 10, 2012 at 09:39 AM
    Ok, first to respond to RA about it being federal, not the states. Okay, fine. Take down all your billboards, they are on federal Property. Now, there should be no signs telling drivers the names of gas stations or resteraunts on the exits, just that there is gas and food. Now, why is it Americans always scream they want improvements, but God forbid, they have to pay. Where do you think the money should come from? Americans are stupid that they expect everything to be fixed and free. Grow up America.
  • by Cost Location: enc on Mar 10, 2012 at 09:00 AM
    And just how do you think we are supposed to pay for interstate maintenance when we can't even get a highway bill through Congress without the House attaching amendments that have nothing to do with it? At least this way, the only one's paying are the one's using!
  • by user tax supporter on Mar 10, 2012 at 08:31 AM
    I support the ideas of tolls on I-95 or else how are we going to pay for the expansion? If we do not put tolls on it, we'll pay for it with higher taxes. Tolls put the costs of the expansion on more of the users, where it should be.
  • by yes-yes Location: estnc on Mar 10, 2012 at 08:21 AM
    Feds should cough up $ for repairs on I95. Too much cost for toll booths. If u s sec. of state can give North Koreans tons and tons of food aid, Obama can give millions to auto makers, a stretch of I95 should be easy=Obama can create a few jobs.N C could help by not buying dumb tv commercials about the lottery, the last ones were pure stupid.We all know N C has a lottery! Has anyone called Mit Romney?
  • by fuel tax is unfair on Mar 10, 2012 at 06:47 AM
    With more people driving hybrids and buying less gas, they are no longer paying enough for our roads. They are no longer paying their fair share so tolls would help even that out and everyone who uses the roads helps pay for them. I support the tolls and will be voting against these lawmakers who wish to keep the current unfair status.
  • by RA Location: Greenville on Mar 10, 2012 at 05:55 AM
    The Interstate System should be the responsibility of the Federal Government, not the states.
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