McKee and Kalus clash over gantries, multiple state issues

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee and Republican candidate Ashley Kalus clashed over truck tolls and their use at the second gubernatorial debate Thursday.

The forum was held by Rhode Island College, the Providence Journal, Rhode Island Public Radio.

Rhode Island is set to appeal the decision made last month by a federal judge to discontinue truck tolls. The tolls targeted truckers, in an effort to fund infrastructure maintenance.

“He’s going to tax or toll cars, and if he’s not, I think he needs to take down the gantries,” said Kalus. “You’re going to appeal something unconstitutional on what basis?”

McKee responded, “I don’t think either of us are attorneys. I’ll base that off of what the attorneys are telling us.”

Kalus asked the governor under which clause he and the state were appealing the decision.

“With all due respect, you’re appealing it. If you’re appealing it, you should know on what basis you are appealing an unconstitutional law,” said Kalus.

“I want to make it very clear we are not going to toll cars, and we are not going to tax any additional trucks,” the governor concluded.

General elections are set for Nov. 8.