First public hearing on highway tolls proposal underway in Hartford


A public hearing is being held about bringing tolls to Connecticut. 

Lawmakers at Wednesday’s hearing can expect an earful from people. Tolls have become a hot topic in the state with very strong opinions. 

Many people say it’s just another tax and that living in this state is hard enough already. Charging people to essentially drive on our highways will make it even more difficult. 

Related: State GOP leaders address Gov. Lamont’s toll proposals ahead of Wednesday’s public hearing

During his campaign, Governor Lamont said he wanted to only charge tractor trailers.  But a few weeks back changed his mind saying it would be all vehicles.  He says the money would be used to help with road projects and infrastructure upgrades. 

Democrats say Connecticut is the only state in the region that does not have tolls.  Republicans strongly oppose tolling all vehicles. 

They came together Tuesday to offer a different plan saying the plan is more fair for people who live here in Connecticut and it gives people the option to avoid tolling lanes on the highway. 

“You can decide whether you want to spend the extra dollar because you don’t want to sit in a heavily trafficked lane. That’s something we can talk about. These are all ideas we can bring to the table. It’s a false choice to say tolls and transportation infrastructure or no tolls and no transportation infrastructure. That is a false choice,” said Sen. Len Fasano. 

In terms of the numbers, tolling all vehicles could bring a billion dollars a year into the state.  Money that would go to some 300 bridges that need to be fixed. Not to mention other road projects.

Residents who support tolls say they are fine with it as long as the money actually goes towards those things. 

Wednesday’s public hearing  began at 11 a.m. 

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