Special session on highway tolls next

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“I can tell you that over the course of the next couple of weeks we’re going to be sitting down with the legislative leaders and finding a way that we get this thing moving,” said Governor Lamont Thursday.

The ‘thing’ the Governor wants to get moving is his plan for up to 50 electronic highway toll gantries on 95, 91, 84 and the Parkways.

He says he intends to include Republican leaders in the Special session discussions even though the Republicans are universally opposed to any tolls but during the regular session that concluded last night, he was not able to get a majority of Democrats to agree on his tolls plan.

The Governor adding, “At the end of the day I’m not going to let people avoid a tough vote. It’s the most important thing.  It’s the most important thing we can do to get the state moving”

Related: Governor Lamont discusses conclusion of 2019 regular session of the CT General Assembly

But the Speaker of the House, Rep. Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) says the road to highway tolls won’t be any easier in a Special session adding,  “At best, tolls are a fifty-fifty proposition in this state and those that are working very hard to disrupt that are putting a lot of misinformation out there.”

The Governor says the casino-economic development plan pushed by lawmakers from Bridgeport in the final day of the session was “half baked” but also said he is not opposed to considering something like that in a special session.

The Governor listed he had three goals, wanting a deal that:

  1. Gets Connecticut “out of legal muck”,
  2. “Is global so it deals with sports betting/internet gambling”,
  3. “Has some facility there for Bridgeport because that was the deal [Lamont] made.”

The Speaker of the House says there actually will likely be multiple special sessions this summer;

  • School construction and bonding priorities.
  • Bridgeport and other gambling issues.
  • A hospital tax settlement.
  • Transportation.

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