A major state business group is demanding a thorough audit of the state Thruway Authority before it raises tolls for larger trucks on the cross-state highway.
Several public hearings are planned to seek out more comment on what the state Thruway Authority had termed a "modest" 45-percent increase for trucks with three or more axles.
The Unshackle Upstate group is calling for a delay in starting the proposed toll until a "forensic audit" is completed.
Unshackle Upstate says enough savings could be found to reduce or eliminate the toll increase the group says will threaten jobs.
The toll for a three-axle truck traveling from Buffalo to New York City is about $88. That could increase to $127 under the board's proposal.