Hedlund, other lawmakers say no to border tolls

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Massachusetts was contemplating installing tolls in Tewksbury on Route 93. NH likewise considered tolls in Salem. I was able to get over 150 House members to join me in a petition a long with Mass State Senators Scott Brown and Bob Hedlund to block them. Gov Patrick backed down after our opposition and NH dropped the idea.

On a day when toll discussions dominated Beacon Hill, Sen. Robert Hedlund stood with a small group of New Hampshire lawmakers outside the State House on Monday in what he called an “act of solidarity” against border tolls in either state.

The Weymouth Republican said he wanted to avoid a “border toll war” between Massachusetts and its northern neighbor, which is considering tolls on Interstate 93 south in Salem.

Hedlund said he believes toll plazas are unsafe, bad for the environment and inefficient ways to collect revenue.

New Hampshire state Rep. Frank Sapareto, a Republican from Derry, said about 80 of his fellow legislators – out of a total of 424 – have signed a letter opposing tolls.

New Hampshire’s transportation commissioner has proposed the toll plazas, but they are not yet included in any bill before the legislature, Sapareto said.

Hedlund said he was responding to news that Gov. Deval Patrick is considering border tolls.

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