Cross Border TOLLS??????
1776 Defender

Ankeny, IA

#1 Apr 21, 2013
Homeland Security idea of cross-border toll criticized by lawmaker

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 21 (UPI)-- A proposal by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to charge travelers a fee when crossing into Canada or Mexico drew harsh criticism from lawmakers.

Rep. Brian Higgins, D-N.Y., whose Buffalo-area district includes four bridges connecting western New York and southern Ontario, pledged he would be "very aggressive" in opposing any fees on travelers, saying it would hurt the local economy if Canadian tourists were discouraged from coming states-side. The Buffalo News said Higgins expressed concern the fee charged at the northern border with Canada would only serve to fund the much more expensive security efforts on the Mexican border.

"Are they going to be using the northern border to subsidize operations on the southern border?" he asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano during testimony before a House committee Thursday.

Napolitano said she lacked information on the proposed fee during testimony on Capitol Hill, but her written text mentioned the possibility of a fee.

"Processing the more than 350 million travelers annually provides nearly $150 billion in economic stimulus, yet the fees that support these operations have not been adjusted in many cases for more than a decade," Napolitano's written testimony said. "As the complexity of our operations continues to expand, the gap between fee collections and the operations they support is growing, and the number of workforce hours [that] fees support decreases each year."

The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald said it remains unclear whether the fees would only be collected at established border crossings at places like Buffalo's Peace Bridge, where travelers are already charged a toll to cross, or at other border crossings where no such toll is charged.

For their part, Canadian officials expressed concern as well.

"It's important to note that this is simply a study at this point," said Chris Plunkett, a spokesman at the Canadian Embassy in Washington. "But we're confident that any study would conclude that the considerable economic damage any fee would do would greatly outweigh any revenue generated

Read more:
1776 Defender

Ankeny, IA

#2 Apr 21, 2013
I haven't looked into the issue, but I would probably be against tolls.... yet I want more info before I commit to that viewpoint

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Minneapolis Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Wikileaks highlights 16 hr LIbEralS 36
Hillary Clinton wants to tear families apart! S... 17 hr The Mayor 4
Hillary will lose! "EmailGate" NOT WORTHY TO BE... 18 hr Patty DuPont 7
Rev. Dr. Franklyn V. Beckles, Jr. (Aug '13) 18 hr Teri Klum 19
News Global warming 'undeniable,' scientists say (Jul '10) Sun Glitter2639 35,589
polls Sun Honor Student 2
minorities Sun Honor Student 4

Minneapolis Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Minneapolis Mortgages