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Toll opponents take fight to Governor Jindal

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Westwego, La. - Saying they were outgunned at the last election, organizers of StopTheTolls.org plan a much bigger fight leading up to May 4.

Tolls opponents met in front of the annual Governor's West Bank Luncheon and met with Bobby Jindal Thursday afternoon.

There are many who don't want to see the tolls reinstated, including Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser.

"It does hurt the business on the West Bank," says Nungesser.  "People say no, but I've had many cases where I've called someone to go to lunch and asked them to come over here because I'm busy and they say, 'Billy, I don't have a toll tag. I hate to sit in that long line....' It's not the dollar, it's sitting in line to go back across the river."

Supporters of the tolls argue they're necessary to maintain and enhance one of the busiest bridges in the country. 

The state legislature will decide who'll pay for the decorative lights once funding runs out next summer.  Jefferson Parish is still ironing out an agreement with the DOTD to get grass cut under the West Bank Expressway.

Jindal says the state's budget doesn't include toll revenue but keeps critical services running on the bridge.  

"We're not assuming any toll revenues and we're assuming that DOTD, state police, other state agencies will absorb and assume those responsibilities," says Jindal.

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