Black legislators oppose I-95 tolls

Opponents of tolls on Interstate 95 have a new ally: African American legislators.

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus said it would fight proposals to levy tolls on the interstate – an idea Gov. Bob McDonnell has floated to finance repairs and construction costs. One suggestion has been to charge cars $4 and tractor-trailers $12 at a location close to Jarratt, Virginia.

“These tolls would kill small towns and business owners,” said Delegate Roslyn Tyler, D-Jarratt. She is sponsoring House Bill 1460, which would prohibit state officials from imposing tolls on I-95 without the General Assembly’s approval.

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