Republicans want to amend the budget to fund bridge repairs

By The Associated Press     

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Republican lawmakers say they’ll try to fund bridge repairs by amending the budget proposal the Rhode Island House of Representatives is considering.

The budget will be debated Tuesday. The minority caucus supports an amendment to cut $60 million to pay for the repairs.

The governor proposed a new toll on large commercial vehicles to pay for a $700 million revenue bond to repair bridges.

The caucus says the state should find about $60 million in the budget annually for the next decade instead.         The amendment proposes using money from personnel savings and cuts to the Clean Water Finance Agency, tobacco settlement fund and other programs.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says that isn’t a realistic solution.         

Republicans say they’ll pursue other budget changes.

Amendments from the minority rarely pass.  

(C) The Associated Press 2015