It is full speed ahead with tolls.
Lawmakers signed off on three different bills that place gantries across the state highways on Wednesday afternoon.
Right now, there are no hard facts to the plan. They have approved tolls and another study will be done to determine the best way to raise money to pay for Connecticut’s infrastructure.
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Governor Ned Lamont (D) Connecticut said, “Dammit it’s another tax and here we go again… It is not here we go again! I really think it is the future of the state, and that’s why I’m leaning in on this hard!”
Governor Ned Lamont all in on tolls, backing up lawmakers who passed three bills Wednesday afternoon, moving Connecticut a giant step closer to gantries, EZ Pass, and more money for infrastructure.
Gov. Lamont said, “I can’t find a credible alternative to making the investments we need going forward.”
While the vote went right down party lines, Republicans say there is still time to fight back, they believe since no numbers have been named on the gantries on the cents per mile and another study is being done. While that study is being done, they say they are going to keep fighting.
Senator Tony Hwang (R) of Westport said, “It’s not over, the public has a chance to give their viewpoints, call your Senator call your representative call the governor, and say no more tolls!”
And they were doing that Wednesday night in Derby. A town hall style forum brought everyone together to discuss tolls to let their voices be heard. One concern that kept popping up at the meeting, using transportation money, for transportation.
Tom Dorney of Fairfield said,
“Bottom line is do what you say you were going to do, and do it with the money you say you’re going to do with the money. To me that is cut and dry.”
Governor Lamont says tolls are just one step in the right direction. He says there must be belt tightening and government shrinking, shifting many services online.
Gov. Lamont said, “This is just the beginning of how we lean up state government, and give you confidence that we are getting our fiscal house in order.”
They say the earliest tolls will go into effect will be 2022.
Republicans are holding another informational meeting on tolls on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Crosby High School in Waterbury.