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Are Tolls in Connecticut’s Future?

February 27, 2017 By Staff
Are Tolls in Connecticut’s Future?

In Malloy's most recent $40.6 billion dollar budget it seems "transportation will have to wait."

State lawmakers revisit highway tolls at a public hearing on Monday. State leaders have been eager to close budget gaps by creating “new revenue:”

The General Assembly’s Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing Monday on several bills that would require the tolls. One proposal calls for congestion tolling, typically a fee charged to drivers during peak travel times.

So far talks have ranged from mileage taxes to highway tolls, and increasing the gas tax. Its possible that any or all of these ideas could be in the future for Connecticut’s taxpayers.

Connecticut’s transportation debate to this point has centered around Gov. Dannel Malloy’s failed “lockbox,” an absolute requirement that the governor has showed no signs of backing down from:

While the governor has released no transportation-related details from his next two-year budget plan, the administration has shown no signs of backing away from its lockbox demand.

In Malloy’s most recent $40.6 billion dollar budget it seems “transportation will have to wait,” though, as the special transportation fund’s solvency comes into question:

Further complicating matters, the administration is projecting a modest deficit in this fiscal year’s Special Transportation Fund, and nonpartisan analysts say the fund will begin running in the red year after year starting in July 2018.

Time will tell if transportation will continue to remain a priority in Connecticut, and will lead to new taxes and tolls, or if it will fall victim to budget crises in the state.