So, Connecticut would have to cut a deal with Massachusetts and the other states to force Connecticut residents to pay up.
One of Lamont’s strongest arguments for highway tolls is that 40 percent of them would be paid by out of state drivers.
Some are disputing that number, but whatever it is, Connecticut would have a hard time collecting it if other states can’t do the same thing. So, Connecticut could force you to pay unpaid tolls in the surrounding states by holding up your registration at renewal time.
“Our state will say, ‘Hey, you’ve got $500 outstanding in Rhode Island. Before you can renew your registration, you’ve got to come up to terms with the state of Rhode Island,'” said Rep. Roland Lemar (D-New Haven), the co-chair of the Transportation Committee.
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Sen. Carlo Leone (D-Stamford) is the other co-chair of the committee, and said, “We would like to address it in the bill by having language that addresses it; that we’re negotiating with the states to make sure that it’s fully flushed out.”
For Republicans, it’s another reason to be opposed to tolls.
Sen. Leone responded, “It’s not to enforce other issues. Anything that would be outside toll collection would have to go through the courts via subpoena, that sort of thing.”
Sen. Leone also said he is hopeful that a compromise highway tolls bill can be completed for legislators to review by the end of this week and it will include language on toll reciprocity.
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