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The bridge from Cornwall, ON into Massena, NY. Photo: Lucy Martin
The bridge from Cornwall, ON into Massena, NY. Photo: Lucy Martin

North Country, VT reps: Canada to US entrance fee "bad idea"

Members of Congress from the North Country and Vermont are urging the Homeland Security Department to drop a proposal that could add new fees for travelers entering the US from Canada.

In a letter sent to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napoitano, Vermont Representative Peter Welch and the North Country's Bill Owens described the concept as "a bad idea."

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The department currently plans to study whether new fees are appropriate. A request for funding for the effort is in the Federal budget request for next year.

But in their letter, the lawmakers said that border communities in New York and Vermont "depend on cross border travel and commerce."

Why in the world would you insult your partner to charge admission to come to your place and spend money? --Bill Stenger, president, Jay Peak resort
In an interview with the Associated Press, Bill Stenger, president of Vermont's Jay Peak resort, went further, calling the plan "stupid."

"We know that Canada is our biggest trading partner," Stenger said. "Why in the world would you insult your partner to charge admission to come to your place and spend money?"

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