Posted on April 12, 2019 by admin
CT State Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan, Wilton), a member of the legislature’s Transportation Committee, joined WTIC News Talk host Todd Feinburg on April 11th to discuss the latest on tolls. Rep. O’Dea says the math on Gov. Lamont’s latest proposal does not add up. The governor’s plan calls for rates similar to legislative Democratic proposals and projects the same revenue, but his plan calls for about 50 tolling locations as opposed to 80.
Furthermore, one of the toll proposals under consideration would require the final plan to go into effect within 15 days with or without legislative approval. In other words, the legislature would have no say over rates, congestion pricing, or gantry locations and frequency.
Worst of all, the administration and legislative Democrats want to bypass the lockbox on the Special Transportation Fund (STF), which was approved by Connecticut voters in 2018. The current lockbox only protects funds that are already in the STF, but 2019 proposals want to divert the revenue generated by the new car tax away from the STF and into the General Fund. They plan to replace this with tolls, which will place an unfair burden on commuters and those who rely on the highway system to go about their daily business.
Rep. O’Dea concluded that Connecticut has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.