Florida Governor Wants to Use Tolls to Finance New Road Projects

Gov. Rick Scott, who killed high speed rail in Florida earlier this year, is pushing ahead with a major transportation plan that calls for speeding up road projects and relying more on new tolls to help pay for them.

The plan, unveiled by the state's transportation chief at a road-builders conference on Friday, also calls for reviving work on controversial new road projects such as the Heartland Parkway in Florida, as well as a parkway stretching across the state from Manatee County. The Scott administration wants to consolidate the groups responsible for approving new roads and look at ways to eliminate "regulatory burdens" to accelerate construction.

Scott touts the proposal as a way to spur job creation in the state.

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