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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 H Hedley January 15, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Let see the hard data. They refused to publish or let any outsiders scrutinize the data relating to their wild ass job claims during the table games debate. Why should we believe them now? How can they differentiate between bridge toll related losses and those due to the lack of table games? If this was a survey, what was the criteria for inclusion? What was the methodology for computing this figure? What's the margin of error? This is data collection and analysis at its worst; politicans- even in RI- don't lie this blatantly.
Richard Joslin January 15, 2013 at 09:30 PM
John H Hedley don't be an idiot . Drive over there on Friday night and look at the license plates
Jack January 16, 2013 at 12:58 AM
The strange thing is no one has set a rate for the toll, it could be as low as a quarter.....all that has happened is the panic set has assumed a $4 toll......I believe the toll will be set by the cost to repair the bridge and this bridge will be a lot cheaper than the Pell Bridge, so lets not all jump on the we want it free truck yet and ask questions first, just pay for what you use and Dianne I am sure a total toll of less tyhan $1 won't cause you to go under, you did that by ignoring the past vote
jack corey January 16, 2013 at 01:11 AM
I have to agree. I think what people don't understand is that the tourists or even the people that live here only have so much money to spend. Now they have to give some of it straight to the bridge and they wont spend it in our small, local businesses. And yes, the bridge toll will be four dollars because they know they can get it.
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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