Codey: Combo Toll & Gas Tax Hike Is A Double Whammy For Residents

TRENTON – Senate President Richard J. Codey (D-Essex) today said that the plan being proposed as an alternative to raising tolls – a call for a combination of smaller toll increases along with a gas tax increase – is “unacceptable.”

“This proposal does not make very much sense. The gas tax tends to be regressive and it would be felt the most by the same people that use our roads the most. For these people, it would be a crippling double whammy. In my opinion, this proposal is unacceptable and only inflicts pain on a broader number of people.

“I know everyone is trying to quickly find more palatable alternatives to the Governor’s plan, but I don’t think this is the way to go right now. I think it’s important that we examine every nook and cranny of this plan, starting tomorrow with our first Senate Budget Committee hearing. Hopefully, with enough voices involved, asking the right questions will lead us to the right solutions,” said Sen. Codey.

Codey added that, “Before the Senate would consider both of these increases at the same time, it would have to be colder than it was in Green Bay on Sunday and the month would have to be July. Get the point?”

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