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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),
State Republicans, who have been rebuffed in their requests for specific details, are dissatisfied. "If Gov. Lamont is confident in his plan, why won't he share it with the public, or at the very least the lawmakers who he is asking to vote on it?" says Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano. "What doesn’t he want us to know?"
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.
"Connecticut can no longer afford to kick the can down the potholed road,” said Gov. Ned Lamont. “Over the coming days, I look forward to continuing these discussions so we can adopt a plan to finally fix our transportation system and get our state’s economy moving again, in short order.”
The New York State Thruway Authority board today proposed toll increases for the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge that are considerably lower than many...
The plan would install gantries on six state and county roads that cross the state line in the towns of Pound Ridge, Lewisboro and North Salem, and possibly a toll on the Hutchinson River Parkway just before it becomes the Merritt Parkway upon entering Connecticut.
Meanwhile, according to a new report, some Connecticut lawmakers have discussed leasing part of the state’s tolling infrastructure to telecommunication companies looking to develop 5G wireless technology.
According to the latest version of Gov. Ned Lamont's CT2030 transportation plan, the average one-way toll for a truck in Connecticut with an EZ Pass transponder would be $8. Regional rates range from $4.18 in Massachusetts to $25.49 in New York.
"The public still has not been shown any details about the new House Democrat/Gov. Lamont combined tolling proposal," the Senate Minority Leader says.
The governor said he is looking for legislators to meet during the week of Dec. 16, with House Democratic leaders reportedly telling their members that Dec. 17, 18, and 19 are the likeliest dates.
"The time to move is now," according to Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney, who expressed hopes that a special legislative session will be called to vote on the plan. Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano said the proposal demonstrates Democrats' "insatiable desire to tax people more."
State Sens. Shelley Mayer and Peter Harckham, along with Assemblymen David Buchwald and Kevin Byrne, believe that the proposed toll “would create a ‘New York’ tax on our constituents who must transverse this small section of Connecticut in their drive within New York State."
Treasurer Shawn Wooden says that the Republicans' proposal "especially in the event of a possible future recession, creates serious liquidity, market and credit risks for the state.”
House Democratic leaders have proposed a new plan that would install highway tolls for trucks only on 12 bridges across the state, as opposed to Gov. Ned Lamont’s CT2030 initiative, which would have included tolls on 14 bridges for all vehicles.
“While I appreciate Sen. Fasano’s proposal to partially fund much-needed infrastructure investments, taking money out of the Rainy Day Fund is a risky proposition that requires serious evaluation," says Gov. Ned Lamont.