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Statement from State Rep. Michael Ferguson on Gov. Malloy’s Announcement of a Study on Tolls

Posted on July 18, 2018 by jdooley


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Statement from State Rep. Michael Ferguson on Gov. Malloy’s Announcement of a Study on Tolls

“Unfortunately, Governor Malloy plans to ignore the ‘will of the people’ and push for a way to bring tolls to Connecticut highways. Spending $10 million on a toll study when the people of our state voiced loud opposition to tolling in wasting value tax dollars that could and should be spent on helping our most vulnerable residents.

During the 2018 regular session, the General Assembly decided against moving forward with a toll study due to a lack of votes. The bill never received a debate or vote in the House of Representatives.

In recent years, the issue of tolls has been studied many times. The governor seems to be looking for a study with a pre-determined outcome. Ultimately, I have opposed bringing back tolls because families and taxpayers can’t afford another tax. Living in Connecticut is already more expensive than other states.

My colleagues and I have proposed a plan to fix our state roads and bridges, without taxes or tolls—by prioritizing existing dollars. The governor should read our fiscally sound  transportation plan and abandon this ill-conceived $10 million waste of a study.”