More cities & towns considering anti toll resolutions

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More and more city and town boards are considering resolutions opposing highway tolls and the Governor’s proposed state budget. There are at least two more this week, and another will be next week.

While touring a document shredding plant in East Windsor on Tuesday, Governor Ned Lamont touted the fact that the Representative Town Meeting in Greenwich on Monday night voted down a resolution opposing highway tolls by a vote of 101 to 81.

He said, “Greenwich said ‘no’ yesterday, by the way. My hometown said we should not pass this resolution. We need to figure out how we’re going to pay for transportation infrastructure and let’s not rule anything out.”

But Stamford’s Board of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to oppose all highway tolls last month, and more towns are considering anti-toll resolutions this month, including Middletown on Thursday.

Middletown Democratic City Councilman Gerry Daley said he voted for Lamont, but has authored a resolution opposing his toll plan and his state budget plan.

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Daley added, “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.”

Daley is especially critical of the 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.

Rob Blanchard’s day job is in the Lamont Administration, but he is also on the Middletown City Council and is Democratic Town Chairman there. He said any local concerns about tolls or the state budget should be directed at local state legislators.

He added, “It’s a bit unprecedented that a local city council’s putting our a resolution being opposed to a Governor’s budget proposal. It’s just a proposal, this is nothing final.”

The Governor himself is not critical of these resolutions, and said it’s sort of standard operating procedure to have some activists put up resolutions before town boards.

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