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Malloy’s Toll Study Advances, as Republicans Blast Plan

July 25, 2018 By Staff
Malloy’s Toll Study Advances, as Republicans Blast Plan

The governor won a Bond Commission vote on Wednesday, and the state will move forward with a study on tolls backed by $10 million in bonds.

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) won a Bond Commission vote on his desired toll study 6-3 on Wednesday, with the commission’s two Republican members and Comptroller Kevin Lembo (D-Conn.) voting against the measure.

Two votes on amendments to the Bond Commission agenda item, to remove the tolls study, failed 7-2. The two Republican members of the commission were the only ones to support the amendment each time.

Reaction began pouring in immediately.

Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury), the Republican Party-endorsed candidate to replace Malloy, tweeted that he would cancel the study on his first day in office.

Businessman and GOP gubernatorial candidate David Stemerman said the vote “highlights the failed leadership of Dan Malloy and the Democrats who have run the Transportation Trust fund and our state’s infrastructure into the ground.”

Businessman and GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski called the study a “waste.”

Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven), one of the two highest-ranking Republican officials in the state, said Malloy “has been laser focused on trying to push more burdens onto the backs of taxpayers to solve his financial mismanagement.”

Republican treasurer candidate Thad Gray said Malloy and his allies “have put a match to $10 million of taxpayer money for a needless study on tolls that the majority of citizens in our state opposes.”

Even Democrat Party-endorsed gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont, who supports tolls, said the study itself is “wasteful.”

NOTE: This post was updated with Stefanowski’s reaction.