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CT House GOP’s Plan to Fix Transportation: No Tolls, Stop Funding Inefficient Projects

March 15, 2018 By Staff
CT House GOP’s Plan to Fix Transportation: No Tolls, Stop Funding Inefficient Projects

Connecticut House Republicans submitted testimony to the Transportation Committee on Wednesday, reiterating opposition to tolls and offering ideas for Connecticut's transportation future.

Connecticut House Republicans submitted testimony on Wednesday that pushed back on some Democrats’ plans to reinstate tolls in the state, and offered a number of ideas for what to do if tolls are implemented by Democrats anyway.

The testimony began with a reiteration of the caucus’ opposition to tolls.

As you know, our Caucus has been very vocal in its opposition to tolls because we believe that it would be yet another tax on the already overtaxed citizens of our state. We are also concerned that other tax rates, including the gas tax, will not actually be reduced even if tolls are implemented.

The transportation plan submitted by Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) this year, which should receive a vote in committee, would raise $4 billion to $5 billion in effective taxes over 10 years. It’s likely the House Republicans are referring, in part, to these plans.

But, House Republicans said, if Democrats ram through a toll proposal anyway, the following should happen:

  • “A dollar-for-dollar reduction in the gas tax”: “Each penny of the gas tax generates approximately $15 million. So, for every $15 million in projected toll revenue, the gas would be reduced by one cent.”
  • “A comprehensive plan for tolls”: “The legislature must have an opportunity to approve or reject all the major components of tolls, including but not limited to toll locations, funding, toll charges, toll discount/credit for Connecticut residents, contracts with any company that builds tolls, etc.”
  • “A cap is placed on project spending”: “Prior to the Malloy Administration, the state spent an average of $580 million on transportation projects. Since Governor Malloy took office, we are projected to spend an average of $820.2 million a year out to 2020.”

Connecticut House Republicans also noted the state’s “credibility problem when it comes to transportation spending.”