Lawmakers push for reduced tolls for low income populations

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 12:59 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Kentucky state lawmakers and local leaders held a press conference on Tuesday to oppose the tolls proposed for the new Ohio River Bridges. Many say the added expense would be devastating to low income populations.

Kentucky and Indiana transportation officials have said they would not offer reduced rates for specific groups. The proposed tolls range from $1 to $10.

“We think it's a reasonable figure for a frequent commuter,” said Chuck Wolfe, Public Affairs Director for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Lawmakers are asking for officials to take a second look and re-consider offering a subsidy to low income drivers that would reimburse them at tax time.

“We think by using folks that qualify for the Federal Earned Income tax credit. It’s a very clean way to do it, it's very objective and a very simple way to do it,” said Joni Jenkins, State Representative for the 44th District.

Lawmakers said if they can’t convince transportation officials to reduce the rates they will introduce legislation to offer a subsidy in the 2014 session.



 

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