June 18, 2012
Lewiston, Me. – A petition to stop the western Maine toll hike circulated online over the weekend by Democratic State Rep. Mike Carey, D-Lewiston, has already gained support from 459 local Maine people. Carey and other Democratic lawmakers plan to circulate the petition during a public hearing on the toll hikes tonight at Auburn City Hall.
“The toll hike unfairly impacts working people in western Maine,” said Rep. Mike Carey, D-Lewiston. “It’s outrageous that western Maine travelers are being asked to pay even more to go the same distance as those in southern Maine.”
The petition calls on the Maine Turnpike Authority to halt the hike. It asks for any toll increase to be considered by the full legislature in January.
Carey said, “We don't object to paying our fair share, but our tolls should not be subsidizing the rest of the turnpike.”
Democratic lawmakers in the Lewiston-Auburn delegation also submitted several bills for the next legislative session in January to ensure that the cost of maintaining Maine’s roads and bridges are shared fairly among all Maine people not just those living and working in Western Maine section of the state.
Jodi Quintero [Carey] 287-1488, c. 841-6279