Governor To Visit Portsmouth Today
Gov. Lincoln Chafee will visit Portsmouth Town Hall today at 8:30 a.m.
While Gov. Lincoln Chafee plans to speak about "fiscal challenges" this morning at Portsmouth Town Hall, he might find one topic dominating above the rest.
For several weeks, Portsmouth residents have urged their neighbors to meet with the governor and voice their opposition to bridge tolls on the new Sakonnet River Bridge.
On Tuesday, the group Preserve Portsmouth posted this announcement on Portsmouth Patch, with a large "no tolls" graphic. On East Main Road and Turnpike Avenue, handmade signs protesting tolls are still visible nearly two weeks after more than 100 demonstrators rallied against tolls.
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Chafee plans to host the community forum to hear from local small businesses and "discuss ways to help them succeed, grow the economy, and create jobs for Rhode Islanders," according to a release from the Newport County Chamber of Commerce.
He will be joined by Portsmouth Town Council President Joseph W. Robicheau and other town officials, the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Ocean State Business Development Authority, RI Small Business Development Center and Newport County Chamber of Commerce.
Representatives from Governor Chafee’s office and participating agencies will be on-hand to answer questions and schedule follow-up one-on-one appointments with participants.