Governor Rethinks Toll Hike

July 24, 2012 Updated Jul 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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July 24, 2012 Updated Jul 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM EDT


Albany, N.Y. (WKBW) - After some debate Governor Andrew Cuomo may roll back or eliminate a proposed toll hike. This is an issue that has outraged local farmers and companies who said it will increase their costs. In return, it may also increase consumer costs.

The hike would affect commercial trucks, which bring food and products to local stores. If their tolls rise, the prices consumers pay for nearly all products will go up. Sources tell the New York Post, Cuomo is investigating the toll hike and may be caving to public outcry.

"So here we are raising tolls again and the whole premise is, for what purpose? To what end? To me this bears further investigation and on the surface is not a defensible action," Republican Pete Lopez said.

Even more disturbing, especially to businesses here in Western New York, most of the revenue from the toll hike will go downstate to help pay for the construction of the Tapanzee Bridge.

Cuomo is expected to address the issue within the next several days. He must act quickly because the toll hike is scheduled go into affect September 30th.

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