Posted on July 18, 2018 by admin
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Early this year, House Democratic leadership decided not to call votes on four toll proposals because they determined they did not have the support to advance the legislation. Republican opposition was largely to thank for killing the bills, and I was proud to be a part of that opposition.
Unfortunately, just yesterday, Governor Malloy signed an executive order demanding that the state make available a $10 million bond to study the implementation of electronic highway tolls in the State of Connecticut. For someone who has raised our taxes for years and has subjected the state to more reckless spending than we can afford, this comes as no surprise, but it is unacceptable nonetheless.
The state has conducted studies and has held hearings on the subject, but there is simply not enough support for tolls right now. The toll proposals presented to date have been vague. Some would require up to 80 tolling locations across the state, far more than the 14 locations we previously had before they were decommissioned. Additionally, it’s been estimated that 70 percent of the toll revenue collected will come from Connecticut residents rather than drivers passing through.
This state government is capable of funding critical transportation projects using existing revenue sources. We do not need to install tolls. They are nothing more than an additional tax on residents, commuters, and tourists. Our state’s economic situation is too fragile to even consider something that could drive more businesses and employers from Connecticut. Enough is enough.
The Bond Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. I encourage you to contact the members and express your concerns before then. Their names and contact information can be found below:
As always, you may contact me with any questions at (800) 842-1423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rep. Rosa C. Rebimbas
70th Connecticut House District