The Thruway Authority is hearing from the New York Farm Bureau members across the state about how a proposed 45 percent toll hike on larger commercial vehicles will farmers' businesses.
Many attended recent public hearings and testified about the likely hardships they will face.
Hal Kreher, New York Farm Bureau state director and an egg farmer, spoke in Buffalo about how the projected hike will cost his business an additional $500 a month in tolls. He is also concerned about paying more for feed for his chickens since it is trucked into his family farm in Clarence.
"Everything you get from a store got there on a truck. And if it passes through a warehouse in Buffalo, Rochester, or elsewhere, it may take more than one trip on a truck. This is going to impact the cost of all goods," Kreher said.