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Speaker: Tolls Vote Coming Next Week

April 25, 2018 By Staff
Speaker: Tolls Vote Coming Next Week

The CT Mirror reported Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) said a tolls vote is coming to the Connecticut House of Representatives next week, the first week of May.

A tolls vote is coming to the full House of Representatives, according to the man who leads that chamber.

The CT Mirror reported Tuesday that Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin), who is also a union employee, expects to call a tolls vote next week, the first week of May.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, said Tuesday he intends to call a vote next week on legislation making an initial commitment to implementing electronic highway tolls, despite Republican opposition that could brand Democrats as the party of tolls.

The Aresimowicz promise would be consistent at least. The speaker confirmed to reporters two weeks ago that a toll vote would come in 2018. Aresimowicz will have the support of Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.), who celebrated the passage of the tolls bill by one vote in the bicameral Finance Committee.

Reclaim Connecticut’s analysis from February found that Malloy’s ‘taxes & tolls’ plan would be an effective tax hike of $4 billion to $5 billion over 10 years. Around 70 percent of tolls would be paid for by Connecticut drivers.

The Republican budget, released Friday, does not include tolls.