Tolls stalled, may need Special Session

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Just like at the perpetually traffic snarled highway bottle necks around the state, legislative action on electronic highway tolls appears to be badly stalled and going nowhere.  

“This is the type of issue that I’d like to get done before we adjourn but I wouldn’t be opposed to coming back in Special Session, it’s that important,” said House Speaker Rep. Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin). 

Rep. Roland Lemar (D-New Haven) the co-chair of the Transportation Committee adding,  “Maybe we need to come back in a Special Session to figure it out but ultimately this conversation is not going to go away.  We’ve got to get this right for Connecticut and if it means coming back in August to fix it, I’ll do that.”

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The last time the General Assembly made a public policy change this big was the 1991 vote imposing the State Income Tax and that took Special Sessions that lasted to August.  The House Minority Leader, Rep. Themis Klarides (R-Derby) saying,  “It’s a desperate attempt to push tolls through the State of Connecticut, to say; well, it’s been five months and we’re not going to be able to get it done give us another couple of weeks and maybe it can happen.”

But this stall in the effort to impose tolls is probably not related to the anti tolls rally at the Capitol over the weekend.  It’s more likely related to progress on another major issue. Governor Lamont has said since he was elected that his first goal was to get a state budget done on time and sources at the Capitol are now saying that appears to be within reach and because tax revenues are coming into the state at a healthy clip it can be done without tax hikes with legislative votes next week.

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