Tuberville on new Mobile Bay Bridge: We pay taxes but we still have to pay tolls — It makes no sense
The proposed toll for the new I-10 Mobile Bay Bridge has become the hot political issue of the summer for Mobile and Baldwin Counties, and so much to an extent, it could have a profound impact on the U.S. Senate contest set to take place in 2020 in Alabama.
The Alabama Department of Transportation has gone as far as to proclaim the proposed bridge will be a toll bridge, or there will not be a bridge at all according to one report.
During an interview on Thursday’s broadcast of Huntsville radio WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show,” former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville, a candidate for U.S. Senate, spoke out against tolls when asked about the I-10 bridge situation.
“They’ve needed to do something down there for years,” Tuberville said. “We all know that. You know again, I’ve driven over 30,000 miles on our roads and bridges in just this past six weeks. There needs to be a lot of work. I mean, we’re behind. It’s a huge problem nationwide. It’s not just the state. It’s nationwide. And the toll bridge is typical. Throw money at it with tax money, and tax the American people. Keep taxing. What happens to the money that we send? What happens to all of that?”
“I’ve always complained – you know, I pay property taxes. I pay sales tax. I pay gas tax. We pay state income tax. We pay federal tax. But we still have to pay tolls at some of these roads. It makes no sense. And when they’re supposedly paid for, you know they still keep it going. They still keep using the tolls. That’s all over the country.”
“If you go up in the Northeast now – I don’t know how they would probably operate if they didn’t have all these toll roads,” Tuberville added. “It’s a joke. We’re a ship without a sail in this country, and thank goodness we have a guy with a paddle, and his name is Donald Trump. And you got a bunch of people on a boat watching him paddle, and nobody is helping him. It’s just mind-boggling to me how we can just self-destruct ourselves because we are in real trouble. And if we don’t start making some critical decisions, it’s going to be hard to get it back.”