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Connecticut Democrats Put Road Tolls on the Table

January 18, 2017 By Staff
Connecticut Democrats Put Road Tolls on the Table

It's the latest volley in what will shape up to be a contentious budget season: some Democrats want to raise money for Connecticut roads through tolls.

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) has hedged on tax increases in the 2017 budget. A new report, though, says some Democrats are eager to raise revenue through another mean: tolls.

The Danbury News-Times‘ Bill Cummings has more:

The General Assembly will again consider installing electronic tolls on state highways, renewing a debate that’s becoming an annual ritual at the state Capitol.

State Rep. Henry Genga, D-East Hartford, has submitted a bill that would bring electronic tolls to an unspecified number of highways and state Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Branford, a rising star in the Democratic Party, is pushing the idea at various forums.

Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton) is leading the charge against tolls, saying it’s “the worst possible time” to enact tolls on Connecticut drivers.

Connecticut is under pressure because both Massachusetts and New York have tolls. However, Republicans will no doubt point out that between Connecticut’s high gas taxes and proposed mileage taxes, drivers are taxed enough.