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Finance Committee Passes Tolls By 1 Vote; Malloy Celebrates

April 6, 2018 By Staff
Finance Committee Passes Tolls By 1 Vote; Malloy Celebrates

Connecticut is one step closer to reinstating tolls, and the lame-duck governor couldn't be happier.

The Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee of the Connecticut legislature passed a plan to reinstate electronic tolls in the state by just one vote on Thursday. Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) celebrated the vote as “an important step.”

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The committee voted 26-25 to release a “Joint Favorable” report on H.B. No. 5046, “AN ACT CONCERNING THE SUSTAINABILITY OF TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS,” better known as the governor’s toll bill.

All 26 “Yea” votes were from Democrats on the committee. All 25 “Nay” votes were from Republicans on the committee.

Malloy applauded the news in a press release:

“This is an important step forward as we work to ensure the long-term solvency of the Special Transportation Fund, and I applaud Finance Committee leadership,” Governor Malloy said. “The truth is that if we do not find new revenue, we will not be able to keep our roads, bridges, tunnels, and rails in a state of good repair, and we will be forced to significantly increase fares and dramatically reduce services on bus and rail services. If we fail to take action this year – on this bill and on my proposals to ensure the short-term viability of the transportation fund – we will put the safety of Connecticut drivers at risk and cause unnecessary harm to our economy.”

The bill now goes to the full legislature with a Joint Favorable report.

Reclaim Connecticut noted in February that the governor’s ‘taxes & tolls’ plan, if implemented, would lead to between $4 billion and $5 billion in effective tax increases in the next 10 years.

According to an analysis from the Connecticut General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Research (OLR), from December 2017, Connecticut drivers could pay up to 70 percent of the tolls on major roads. This challenges the assumptions or arguments by some that out-of-state drivers would bear the brunt of tolls.

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