During today’s session of the House, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) stood in opposition to legislation which would implement tolls on state highways, a measure tantamount to a new and heavy tax on state residents.
“What has been proposed to us is this concept that out of state drivers don’t pay their fair share – that this is about equity,” said Rep. Perillo. If that is to be true, you have to also argue for true relief to residents of the state in the form of a gas tax. Proponents of this measure say there is a cut in the gas tax included, but the bar is so high to achieve it, it is likely to never happen. These proponents are merely interested in a money grab. This is neither fair or equitable- 70% of these tolls will be paid by residents of this state, not drivers coming in from other states.”