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CT Dems Launch 2018 Push for Tolls

January 29, 2018 By Staff
CT Dems Launch 2018 Push for Tolls

Once again, Connecticut Democrats’ solution is to advocate for higher taxes

Today, some Connecticut House Democrats held a press conference promising voters they will introduce legislation for electronic tolling in February.

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Russell Blair of the Hartford Courant was one of the reporters there:

Despite the state legislature’s recent two-year budget compromise, it’s become clear that transportation funding is a critical issue. Just this month, Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) announced the indefinite postponement of hundreds of transportation projects, totaling over $4.3 billion in state spending.

So far, some Democrats have advocated for raising Connecticut’s already-high gas tax in 2018:

Leading with gas tax hikes and reviving a failed mileage tax push, it seems now House Democrats have settled on bringing back tolls. It’s no secret Connecticut residents pay some of highest local and state taxes in the United States, along with specific transportation-related charges from vehicle property taxes, to vehicle registration and tire fees.

Now some Connecticut Democrats want to increase taxes again, all while Connecticut businesses and residents are leaving the state in droves, citing concerns like the crushing high cost of living and poor business climate.

It seems Connecticut Democrats’ solution is to advocate once again for raising taxes and spending more taxpayer money, this time to promising that transportation funding will be used for transportation.

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