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Tolls… The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

For those of you who remember, you’re aware of the fact that Connecticut removed its tolling infrastructure in 1983. In exchange for these closures the federal government agreed to fund more of our infrastructure repair costs along the I-84 and I-95 corridors.

The Federal Highway Administration, for example, apportioned over $528 million for Connecticut in 2018. CTDOT Commissioner, James Redeker, has touted that if the tolling program is reinstated here in Connecticut, our potential total annual revenue would be approximately $750 million. It is important to remember that the proposed $750 million is not in addition to the federal subsidy; rather it is in place of it. As a result, the difference of the two concepts is $222 million. In addition, the tolling infrastructure construction would cost an estimated $450 million. This $450 million price tag would be funded solely by Connecticut taxpayers as federal funds would not be available to offset some of this burden.

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Ohler’s Family Protective Measure Approved by Legislature

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HARTFORD – State Representative Brian Ohler (R-64) voted in favor of legislation that will reduce the number of dual arrests in Connecticut. The concept was brought to light earlier this year by the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) and Ohler was one of the original co-sponsors to the legislation.

Ohler said, “Reforming Connecticut’s Dual Arrest laws has been long overdue. As of today, our state’s dual arrest rate stands at 20%, nearly twice the national average. I’m honored to champion and co-sponsor this legislation. It’s been proven that dual arrests have both short and long-term consequences for victims, families, and the criminal justice system. I must thank and praise the wonderful directors, staff members and advocates of the Susan B. Anthony Project in Torrington, as well as the Women’s Support Services in Sharon, for their guidance, testimony, and continued partnership.”

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Ohler Recognized by Fire Community

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HARTFORD – State Representative Brian Ohler (R-64) was the recipient of the Special Recognition Award from New Haven Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 825 and the Stamford Professional Fire Fighters IAAF Local 786 at the State Capitol on Wednesday, May 2nd. New Haven Union President Frank Ricci presided over the ceremony and presented Ohler with the Award.

Frank Ricci, Battalion Chief and President Local 825 New Haven, said, “Rep. Ohler has clearly demonstrated sound leadership and a steadfast commitment to public safety. It is an honor to have him stand with New Haven and Stamford Fire Fighters.”

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