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Rep. Frey Calls on Bond Commission to Remove Governor’s $10 Million Toll Study from Agenda

Posted on July 19, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Representative John Frey (R-111) today urged the State Bond Commission to remove from their agenda an item bonding $10 million to study the impact of electronic tolling on Connecticut highways. The agenda item would borrow money to pay for the study and is a request from Governor Dan Malloy, who chairs the Bond Commission and decides which items are on the agenda.

The study would explore tolls on all major Connecticut highways, including Interstates 95, 91, and 84, along with the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkways.

Rep. Frey, who also serves as Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Transportation Bonding Sub-Committee and sits as an ex-officio member of the Bond Commission, offered the following statement in response to the announcement.

“To request $10 million in borrowed money to pay for a study exploring the impact of tolling is to completely disregard the interests of Connecticut taxpayers. The legislature has considered various proposals for tolling and several proposals to study tolling over the past 5 years, but they have never received enough support.  That is likely because we in the legislature are aware of several studies that indicate what should be obvious – tolls would make life in Connecticut more unaffordable for commuters and their families.

“Instead of studying how we can ask for more money from Connecticut taxpayers, we ought to study how we can reduce their tax burden. We need to be studying how we can reduce the gas tax while at the same time spend transportation funding more efficiently and with lower administrative costs.

“A $10 million toll study is a textbook example of frivolous spending and it is a particular brazen request from a governor who is out the door in January. I urge the State Bond Commission to refuse the governor’s request and take this item off of their agenda.”

The State Bond Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 25.

Rep. Frey Update: Happy Independence Day!

Posted on July 3, 2018 by rjoslyn


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Dear Friend,

I hope you will take some time today to celebrate the birth of our nation and reflect on the war that was fought for our independence.

The United States is a country founded on the principles of freedom and liberty, which is what makes it the greatest country to ever exist.

It is also a holiday spent enjoying at barbecues and fireworks shows with family and friends.

I ask that you join me in honoring the brave soldiers who made our country’s independence possible, as well as the men and women in uniform currently stationed around the globe who preserve our freedom and liberty every day.

In Ridgefield, a fireworks celebration is again scheduled for today on the grounds of Ridgefield High School.  Rain appears to be a possibility for tonight. If that is the case, then the rain date is tomorrow, July 5.

Gates open at 6pm and fireworks begin after dark.  Parking passes can be purchased at the entrance to RHS.

Although grilling and alcoholic drink are prohibited, a variety of food trucks and vendors will be on site.

I wish you and your family a wonderful Fourth of July holiday!

Reps. Frey Commends Transportation Funding in Budget Plan, No Transit Fare Hikes

Posted on May 25, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD State Representative John Frey (R-111) expressed his satisfaction with transportation funding in the budget adjustment plan that passed the legislature overwhelmingly earlier this month, noting that the Department of Transportation has cancelled the rail and bus fare hikes they originally called for.

“For most of my service in the legislature I have advocated for protecting the Special Transportation Fund and have watched as previous legislatures raided our investment in transportation to pay for other projects, so it was encouraging to this year be a part of the winning side, successfully funding the STF without relying on tolls, fare hikes, or service cuts,” said Rep. Frey.

The budget adjustment plan, which was based largely on a proposal crafted by legislative Republicans, passed both chambers on bipartisan votes and was signed into law by the governor last week. The plan provides $29 million more to the Special Transportation Fund for road projects by accelerating the existing tax on new cars. The funding will ramp up dramatically in the coming years.  There is also a provision to secure $150 million in General Obligation bond funding to support transportation projects.

“Connecticut’s transportation problems have never been the result of insufficient revenue, but rather a systematic failure to responsibly prioritize the money that we already have,” said Rep. Frey.  “This shortsighted practice of raiding transportation funding is why we have deteriorating infrastructure today and an STF that is going bankrupt.  The budget we passed this year is a marked departure from the days when the first place the legislature would look when it needed money was the pockets of its commuters.  Instead, we specifically address the STF and actually secure a long-term source of revenue.”

“By prioritizing funding for transportation and creating a more effective strategy for identifying urgencies, we can create a safe, reliable and multi-model transportation network – including roads, bridges, rail, bus, and port improvements,” added Rep. Frey.  “Everyone benefits from a strong transportation system, and progress can only be made if we prioritize transportation.”

The new budget adjustments go into effect at the beginning of FY 2019 on July 1.