Omigod: Tolling’s threat to small business (and large) is so obvious that now even the C-J has noticed.


In which we learn that David Nicklies and Kerry Stemler are suckling from the same Kool-Aid teat, and that as a result, we three-percenters must sacrifice for their common good, although as the reporter succinctly notes, “No one has studied how tolls will affect businesses.”

I suppose that’s why neither a single Tolling Authority member, nor any of its cadre of apologists, has once so much as attempted to answer the business community’s questions to that effect. I’m feeling vindicated, even if Erika still can’t bring herself to dispute her beloved’s political cowardice and take her own stand on tolls.

Small businesses worry tolls would cut off customers, by Marcus Green (Courier-Journal).

… The Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority, the body in charge of financing the $4.1 billion project, is expected to vote this week on a plan that anticipates $2.2 billion of the project’s cost to come from electronic tolls, designed so they don’t slow traffic.

No decisions have been made on where the tolls will be located, but the authority has asked the federal government to determine whether existing interstate highways can be tolled.

There’s not a major city in the United States with tolls on all of its interstate bridges, according to the International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association, a toll industry trade group.

The notion of charging a toll to cross existing roadways has opponents big and small.

UPS, which has its main air hub in Louisville and whose trucks routinely cross the river, is against fees on the Sherman Minton or Kennedy bridges, as well as Spaghetti Junction. The Clarksville Town Council has also passed a resolution opposing tolls on existing highways.