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Cunningham: More Details Are Necessary To Endorse Governor Corzine’s Toll Increase

TRENTON – Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today said that while she is open to the idea of Governor Corzine’s toll increase as a method to help cut State debt, more details are necessary to determine the impact on drivers, specifically those in the 31st Legislative District.

“During today’s Committee meeting we heard testimony from residents and interest groups on either side of the tax increase argument,” said Senator Cunningham, D-Hudson. “While I agree that something has to be done to address the State’s debt, I cannot be sure that this plan is the right solution until I have seen a bill.”

The Senate Budget and Appropriations Panel met this afternoon to hear testimony from representatives of various interest groups and members of the public about Governor Corzine’s plan to increase tolls by 50 percent beginning in 2010 in four increments ending in 2022.

“It is a well known fact that New Jersey’s financial burdens put an undue strain on taxpayers’ pockets. We owe it to taxpayers to bring them a detailed plan to consider, not just a general idea. I am all for looking for way to reduce our debt, but I cannot lend my full support to anything until I see the details.” #