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Florida Senate Democrat Files Toll Road Repeal Bill

An overhead photo of a nearly empty highway
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Lawmakers say now might not be the best time to spend money on a controversial new road project.

A Florida Democrat has a filed a bill to halt efforts to build three new toll roads in the state. The measure, filed Wednesday, would repeal the program created to build the roads and would return any funding earmarked for the project to the general fund.

Sen. Tina Polsky (D-Boca Raton) is sponsoring the repeal. Democrats have voiced concerns in the past about efforts to build the road, saying they believe, especially during the pandemic, there are more important uses for the state’s money. Environmental groups have also raised concerns about how the project will disturb wildlife and nature in the roads’ eventual path.

The roads were a priority of former Senate President Bill Galvano who says the roads will help bolster economic development by bringing more travel through rural parts of the state. Galvano also believes infrastructure improvements, such as broadband access and sewer work, will be built alongside the new roads.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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