Last month, the Democratic members of the Transportation Committee approved three toll-related proposals. These proposals would place electronic toll gantries throughout the state on major interstate highways and limited access roads making Connecticut one of the most heavily tolled states in the nation.
All Republican members opposed the bills because we think residents, commuters, and small businesses already pay enough taxes to the State of Connecticut.
The administration and the Democrat-controlled legislature have made minimal efforts to reduce and prioritize the spending of your hard-earned money. Therefore, we cannot support this additional tax.
Here are the three proposals:
S.B. 423 (Senate Democrats’ bill)– An Act Concerning Funding for Connecticut’s Transportation Future
H.B. 7202 (the governor’s bill) – An Act Concerning the Sustainability of Connecticut’s Transportation Infrastructure
H.B. 7280 (House Democrats’ bill) – An Act Concerning Support for Transportation Infrastructure and the Creation of the Connecticut Transportation Finance Authority
Republicans have proposed an alternative plan, Prioritize Progress, which would secure $2 billion annually for tolls (including federal funding) and would eliminate wasteful spending. Most importantly, it stays within the state’s $1.9 billion bond cap and create an additional financial hardship on residents and businesses.
See below for details about this event:
WHO: State and local officials, business owners, residents, commuters
WHAT: Rally Against Tolls
WHERE: North Lawn of the State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford
WHEN: Saturday, May 18, from Noon to 3:00 p.m.
As always, if you’d like to discuss tolls or any state government matter, I am available to speak with you directly.
Office Phone: (800) 842-1423
Rep. Rosa C. Rebimbas
CT House District 70