Where do lawmakers stand on the Thruway Authority and its proposal to increase tolls?
While the Authority moves forward with a proposal to increase tolls by 5% in 2024, then again in 2027 – lawmakers are discussing what they want to do behind the scenes.
State Senator Jim Tedisco, a Republican, wants to see public hearings. He’s been vocal about the issues surrounding this toll hike since it was announced.
Some lawmakers believe the toll hikes are necessary. First because there hasn’t been a universal hike in so many years. And second because the cost to maintain the Thruway is not getting less expensive.
Other lawmakers say they want to see a pause on toll hikes. And there’s another bill on Governor Kathy Hochul’s desk that, if she signed, would prevent state authorities from collecting tolls by mail or penalizing people who do not make payments.
It sets the stage for an active legislative session, as the future of the Thruway Authority is debated and it moves forward with the process to increase tolls.
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