Posted on April 25, 2019 by admin
Democrats who control the legislature have spent three months promoting their desire to bring tolls back to Connecticut’s highways, acting as though it’s the only solution to fund improvements to Connecticut’s roads and bridges. They passed three tolls-related bills out of the Transportation Committee, and we await the result of their efforts to meld those bills into one final piece of legislation.
Meanwhile, I’ve advocated for an alternative called Prioritize Progress, and this Senate and House Republican proposal will finally receive a public hearing in the Finance Committee this Friday.
You can testify, telling committee Democrats that Connecticut CAN’T AFFORD TOLLS.
Our transportation funding plan works within current state resources and:
- Doesn’t require highway tolls
- Uses bonding responsibly for core government investments, respecting the bonding cap
- Doesn’t include tax increases
- Guarantees steady, predictable flow of money ($65 billion over 30 years) for transportation infrastructure
- When approved, Prioritize Progress can being immediately
Since I first heard about these tolling plans I have suspected proponents would try to borrow against future revenue. Governor Lamont and tolling advocates have incorrectly colored our responsible bonding proposal, with the governor glossing over the shell game borrowing scheme that comes along with his plan.
Working within the state’s $2 billion bond cap, Prioritize Progress not only sets aside money for transportation improvements but also provides ample funding for core state initiatives and grant programs including:
- School construction and security
- Capital improvements to state-owned buildings
- Clean water funding
- Urban Act grants, Small Town Economic Assistance grants
- Local Capital Improvement Program
You can testify in person this Friday or via email (instructions below.) In either case, tell Finance Committee members the combination of middle class tax hikes and tolls is simply unaffordable!
******* INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO TESTIFY **********
The hearing begins at 11 a.m. in room 2E of the Legislative Office Building (LOB.) You can testify in person. Public speaker order will be determined by a lottery system. Lottery numbers will be drawn from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the First Floor Atrium of the LOB. Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the speaker list. Please submit 35 copies of written testimony to the Committee staff at 8:30 a.m. in the First Floor Atrium of the LOB. Testimony received after the designated time will not be distributed until after the hearing. Click here for tips on how to testify.
If you can’t make it in person, submit your written testimony (PDF document) via email by sending it to FINtestimony@cga.ct.gov. Use “Say ‘yes’ to SB 1121 and Prioritize Progress” in the subject line, and please copy my office firstname.lastname@example.org