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Among Democrats expected to oppose the bill is Sen. Alex Bergstein, D-Greenwich, who has publicly indicated her preference for tolls on all vehicles.
While the current version of Gov. Ned Lamont's CT2030 transportation plan estimates its trucks-only tolls component will raise $170-180 million a year for infrastructure improvements, that is only "a small fraction of what is needed,” according to State Sen. Alex Bergstein, D-36th (Greenwich, New Canaan and Stamford),
The tolls issue is pitting a deep-pocketed, pro-tolls coalition called Move CT Forward against a grassroots group with the straightforward moniker No Tolls CT.
"The transportation crisis in Connecticut is too large a problem to get bogged down in partisan politics,” according to Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven).
The bank would “finance a loan program with funds appropriated from the Special Transportation Fund or other sources of revenue designated for infrastructure improvements.
The bill would consolidate school districts in towns with a total population of less than 40,000.