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“We don’t have the luxury of doing one thing at a time,” Lamont declared. “There’s too much at stake.”
The bill seeks to “construct, maintain and operate electronic tolling systems on Interstate Route 84, Interstate Route 91, Interstate Route 95 and portions of Connecticut Route 15.”
The poll found 56.8% of respondents were unhappy with his leadership on tolls.
Mounds, the first African-American to hold the chief of staff post in state history, has previously worked with Gov. Dannel Malloy, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and U.S. Rep. John Larson.
Gov. Ned Lamont has announced plans to bond $200 million this year in place of the tolls income – something that Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano likened to his party’s Prioritize Progress plan. Introduced in 2015, that plan involved borrowing $700 million annually.
“We are now eight months into the fiscal year without solutions to our transportation needs and a bond package," the governor wrote to Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw. "No longer can our cities and towns wait.”
While Gov. Ned Lamont said "I think it's time to take a pause” on the issue, Senate Democrats insist they're still working on bringing the trucks-only toll bill up for a vote.
Among Democrats expected to oppose the bill is Sen. Alex Bergstein, D-Greenwich, who has publicly indicated her preference for tolls on all vehicles.
On tolls, Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick said the governor “needs to once and for all just give it up. He’s changed positions so many times, and the way it stands now it’s not going to make anywhere near the money that’s needed.”
Attracting more business to Connecticut, reducing some taxes and tuition fees, legalizing marijuana – and, of course, bringing tolls back to state highways – were some of the themes of Gov. Ned Lamont’s “State of the State” address at the State Capitol’s Hall of the House of Representatives on Feb. 5.
“The whole process has been about avoiding sunlight and rushing the bill through before people actually know what it does or doesn't do," says said Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano.
Next week’s expected vote on tolls has been canceled by Democrat legislators, leaving its future in doubt. But those same leaders have apparently decided they...