Rotterdam Assemblyman Angelo Santabar-bara is coming out early and in strong opposition to rumors that the New York State Thruway Authority is considering a toll hike next year in an attempt to pay for the new Tappan Zee Bridge.
Here we go again.
Santabarbara, the Democrat representing our 111th District, calls the notion unacceptable and a burden that none of us should shoulder. He's right.
Families use the Thruway for travel to and from work, and businesses use it to transport their goods.
These same families are still feeling the effects of the recession and a move to increase costs will only set them further back. Same goes for commerce.
Toll hikes should be a last resort, not the first option, when balancing budgets.
Two years ago, if you'll recall, the Thruway Authority was looking to raise tolls 45 percent on large trucks to pay for the bridge but that idea was eventually abandoned.
Instead, today, there is a real concern that a statewide toll increase is in play.
How much more do we have to pay? When does it stop?
Increased tolls will mean increased costs for food and other goods; our families and businesses shouldn't have to suffer.
Santabarbara is right in calling the notion a step in the wrong direction -- especially on a road that was supposed to become toll-free decades ago. (Remember that one?)