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The Toll Debate: Some Democrats Continue to Push, Republicans Push Back

January 23, 2017 By Staff
The Toll Debate: Some Democrats Continue to Push, Republicans Push Back

The debate over re-installing tolls in Connecticut continued over the week, as some Democrats look for new revenue from drivers in and through the state.

The Hartford Courant‘s Christopher Keating reports that tolls continue to be a subject of debate for Connecticut legislators in 2017:

State Rep. Tony Guerrera [D], the longtime co-chairman of the transportation committee, says the timing is right for a debate as Massachusetts recently abandoned its old toll plazas and moved to all-electronic tolls that eliminate the option to stop and pay in cash.

…Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney of New Haven [D] declined to make any predictions on whether the tolls would be approved, saying that the issue is “as contentious as it was when it was first raised” many years ago.

…House Majority Leader Matt Ritter [D] said he is “absolutely” open to exploring options for tolls.

Reclaim Connecticut covered tolls last week. State Rep. Henry Genga (D-East Hartford) and State Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Branford) “submitted a bill” for electronic tolls in the state.

Both last week and this week, State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton) pushed back.

Last week:

Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton) is leading the charge against tolls, saying it’s “the worst possible time” to enact tolls on Connecticut drivers.

And this week:

“Experts have come to our committee and said 70 percent of the people affected would be Connecticut people, and only 30 percent are out of state,” Boucher said. “It will hurt Connecticut people the most. There are so many things wrong with this. We had an informational hearing in Danbury, and everyone came out against this. Both sides of the aisle.”