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Toll Vote Coming to CT House, According to the Speaker

April 11, 2018 By Staff
Toll Vote Coming to CT House, According to the Speaker

Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) confirmed with reporters on Tuesday that a toll vote is coming to the Connecticut House of Representatives.

Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) confirmed to reporters on Tuesday: a tolls vote is coming to the House of Representatives in a matter of weeks. Given the Connecticut House is controlled by Democrats, the bill has a chance of passing.

The CT Post reported:

Bringing tolls to the state will get a vote in the House before the legislature dismisses May 9, said Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, in a Capitol news conference Tuesday morning.

“It is my hope it passes, but even without knowing whether it will pass or fail, it will be going up on the (voting) board,” he said. “The residents of the state of Connecticut, a lot of whom I hear from, just think it’s absolutely silly that every time that they go through the state of Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Baltimore… they all have tolls.”

It’s a strange argument, that Connecticut drivers who experience tolls around the east coast of the United States would want more in their own state. What’s more, studies have confirmed that out-of-state drivers would make up only around 30 percent of toll revenue, meaning Connecticut drivers would pay most.

But the bill, which would reinstate electronic tolls in the state, stands a chance of passage in the full House. The bicameral Finance Committee approved the bill by one vote last week.

Reclaim Connecticut has previously reported that the ‘taxes and tolls’ plan of Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.), were it to go in effect, would be an effective tax hike of $4 billion to $5 billion over 10 years. Most of those effective tax hikes would be paid by Connecticut drivers.