GOP lawmakers to host forum on tolls in Wallingford

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Republican lawmakers continue their tour of the state talking about tolls with Wallingford as their next destination on Wednesday. 

After holding informational forums along the shoreline, Republicans, including the top Republican in the Senate, will be in Wallingford Town Hall on Wednesday from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Related: More cities & towns considering anti toll resolutions

The question is, will stirring up local opposition to tolls make any difference in Hartford?

Some towns are already speaking out about this including Stamford’s Board of Representatives who overwhelmingly voted to oppose all highway tolls just last month.

Earlier this week, members of the representative town meeting in Greenwich voted much more narrowly not to oppose highway tolls.

Middletown has a vote about tolls scheduled for Thursday, and even Democrats in town say they have issues with tolls.

Related: Informational forum on highway tolls held in Old Lyme

“We have concerns about how it’s going to be paid for and the fairness of the budget proposals that the Governor has put forth in conjunction with his tolling plan,” says Council member Gerry Daley.

One of his concerns is a plan to stop designating proceeds from the new car sales tax to the transportation fund, which many say will starve the fund long before any toll plan can ever be implemented.

All Connecticut highway tolls were removed after a 1983 crash at the Stratford Toll Plaza that killed 6 people. These days, tolls are not collected in plazas with booths, but by putting electronic sensors over the highway.

Related: Informational forum on tolls held in Groton

The main current proposal would put 50 of those around the state on Interstates 95, 91, 84 and Route 15.

If you want to hear from those lawmakers here in Wallingford, or speak out yourself, Wednesday’s meeting is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Wallingford Town Hall.

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