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The seat became vacant when Rep. J.P. Sredzinski (R) resigned suddenly in February.
Her victory in the 27th District brings the Democratic majority in the Senate to 24-12.
Facing off to replace Leone in the 27th Senate district are State Rep. Pat Billie Miller (D-145th) and Joshua Esses (R), an attorney with international law firm Proskauer Rose LLP, based in New York City.
In addition to being Deputy President Pro Tempore in the Senate, the Democrat chaired the Transportation Committee and was vice chair of Finance, Revenue & Bonding.
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),
A new Hartford Courant/Sacred Heart University poll shows growing public support for Gov. Ned Lamont’s 10-year, $19 billion CT2030 plan, which includes tolls for tractor-trailers on 12 highway bridges around the state -- as well as rising public approval of the governor's performance.
Under the Democrat' plan, tolls gantries would be placed roughly every six to seven miles on I-84, I-95, I-91 and Route 15.
As has been the case for years, the debate over legalization essentially boils down to two standpoints: “It’s an idea whose time has come” vs. “Why do you think they call it ‘dope’?”
Which highways would have tolls, where they would be located, and how much they would cost drivers are among the questions yet to be answered.
The law "will help put Connecticut at the forefront of a pioneering, burgeoning industry that is pushing the future of innovation,” the governor said.
The “Innovation Places” grants will support local strategic planning efforts to develop destinations for entrepreneurs and talent throughout the state.