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TOLL WATCH: Be on the Lookout for House Vote This Week on Multibillion-Dollar Tolls Plan

April 30, 2018 By Staff
TOLL WATCH: Be on the Lookout for House Vote This Week on Multibillion-Dollar Tolls Plan

The speaker of the House has pledged a vote on tolls this week. Will the plan pass the Democrat-led lower chamber?

Be on the watch for a full Connecticut House of Representatives vote on tolls this week. Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) has pledged a vote.

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Reclaim Connecticut noted last week that Aresimowicz expects to call a tolls vote this week, the first week of May. The CT Mirror reported then:

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 looming tolls vote has led to protests from Republicans and right-of-center groups. One clever protest, from the Yankee Institute, involved placing 72 ‘toll trolls‘ on the lawn of the state Capitol building. The 72 ‘toll trolls’ represented “72 electronic toll gantries on I-84, I-95, I-91, and the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkways” that some lawmakers want to put up.

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) supports the reinstatement of tolls. He celebrated the finance committee’s passage of his tolls bill, by one vote, in early April.

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.

While the bill likely to be considered this week does not specify the amount drivers will be tolled, it gives the Department of Transportation authority to charge whatever is necessary to pay for highway and bonding costs.

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