July 6, 2020

Controversial Florida toll road project gets boost in trimmed budge [The Center Square]

John Haughey writes:

"Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis trimmed $1 billion from Florida's fiscal year 2021 budget before signing it, but surviving the governor’s cuts was a $90 million allocation for Florida’s most ambitious – and controversial – highway project since the 1950s.

Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) is a $10 billion plan to build 340 miles of new toll roads by 2030. It was initiated with the adoption of Senate Bill 7068 in 2019.

Supporters, including the Florida Chamber of Commerce and other business interests, say M-CORES will boost rural economies, alleviate urban congestion, improve evacuation routes and install internet services in underserved areas.

M-CORES is widely opposed, however, including by the 80-member No Roads to Ruin coalition spearheaded by Sierra Club, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast and League of Women Voters."


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