What happened to the $1 billion? It certainly is not appropriated in the House Republicans’ budget. Nor is it in any of the agency budget proposals we heard at the beginning of session.
The $1 billion is the amount of money that was pledged to the state in exchange for the renegotiation of the tollway lease this summer, allowing the operator to raise tolls on certain trucks by a whopping 30 percent.
With this large increase in truck fees, I find it likely that those of us along the tollway counties will be seeing more of these large trucks on our local roads.