Posted on July 19, 2018 by rjoslyn
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.