Governor Chafee will be visiting Portsmouth Town Hall this Thursday morning, August 23rd at 8:30 a.m. to discuss ways to help small businesses.  For over five years Preserve Portsmouth has been encouraging folks to spend their hard earned money at locally owned businesses as they are the backbone of the entire economy.  The dismal news of the tolls on the Sakonnet  Bridge should not have been so shocking  to some of us, but really what were they thinking?  With all of the social media nowadays could we have been given a heads up in May that this is a serious issue and to please show up and protest at the Statehouse? This is not a user fee this is an abuser fee. How do employers large and small explain to their out-of-state employees that $8.00 will be added to their commute?

This toll will extract money from the working class and distract money from the Island.  How do business owners stay in business with less off-Island traffic coming through?  If you have questions for the Governor like we do, please show up at Portsmouth Town Hall and print out the  sign below. Post them on telephone poles, your vehicles and hold them up so the Governor knows of our displeasure.

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