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Malloy’s Parting Shot: A $10-Million, Taxpayer-Backed Study on Tolls

July 18, 2018 By Staff
Malloy’s Parting Shot: A $10-Million, Taxpayer-Backed Study on Tolls

After the legislature failed to fund a study of tolling in Connecticut this year, Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) decided he'd do it himself, as a parting shot at Connecticut drivers and taxpayers.

The Connecticut legislature failed this year to pass any bill authorizing a study on reinstating tolls in the state.

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) decided on Tuesday that he’d do it himself.

“During this past legislative session, we heard time and again from legislators that they wished for more information regarding electronic tolling, including specific recommendations with respect to its possible implementation,” Governor Malloy said. “Today, I am directing state agencies to commence a comprehensive study that will provide the legislature with just that.”

Malloy will direct the state Bond Commission to approve $10 million in taxpayer-backed bonding to fund an assessment of electronic tolling in Connecticut.

It’s a double-shot against Connecticut drivers and taxpayers: $10 million in bonds to study the issue of tolling and, if the state revives tolls, potentially millions or billions of dollars in tolls on Connecticut drivers.

Malloy did call on the assessment to “[e]xplore potential ways to provide discounts, tax credits, or other value-pricing options to Connecticut residents.”

But Reclaim Connecticut found, in February, that Malloy’s original taxes-and-tolls plan would be an effective tax hike of between $4 billion and $5 billion over 10 years, with 70 percent of tolls paid by Connecticut drivers.

Of the two Democratic candidates for governor, it appears only Ganim had weighed in as of Wednesday morning:

Republican candidates for governor Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury), former First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull), and businessmen Bob Stefanowski and David Stemerman all released statements (or retweets) in opposition to the tolling study.

Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven), for his part, said “Gov. Malloy needs to get on his horse, ride into the sunset and leave taxpayers alone.”