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State Rep. Laura Devlin statement on Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s state’s transportation funding shortfalls

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State Rep. Laura Devlin statement on Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s announcement about the state’s transportation funding shortfalls and the governor’s calls for new taxes and burdens on commuters

As a member of the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee, I was neither surprised nor shocked that Governor Malloy cannot find funding for his overly ambitious Statewide Transportation Initiative.  In public hearing after public hearing we continued to ask the question of affordability and prioritization and never received a satisfactory answer.

For years, Gov. Malloy and legislative majority raided the state’s special transportation fund (STF) to balance their mismanaged state budgets and now they seems shocked the fund is scheduled to be insolvent in July. This new outcry by Gov. Malloy is his strategic way to force the legislature to approve new taxes and more burdens on commuters, possibly through the implementation of tolls.

Both House and Senate Republicans proposed a transportation plan, ‘Prioritize Progress’ which is a viable transportation solution which provides for an annual transportation funding mechanism guaranteeing at least $1 billion annually over the next 30 years with no tax increases or tolls. Our proposal provides for flexibility in setting transportation priorities and gives Connecticut a sustainable and predictable funding plan to support future generations.

Unfortunately, the Governor summarily dismissed our proposal in favor of his ‘own’ Transportation Plan which he now says the state can’t afford.

It is now time for the governor to work with the legislature and demand that we no longer bow to every gubernatorial whim. His actions the last few years now endanger our state’s transportation infrastructure.