Posted on March 4, 2019 by admin
The legislature’s Transportation Committee on Wednesday (March 6) will hold a public hearing on two different bills that would bring highway tolls back to Connecticut.
The first bill (H.B. 7280) is from legislative Democrats, and the second (H.B. 7202) is from Gov. Ned Lamont.
Late last year, a well-publicized study on highway tolling indicated Connecticut residents could see as many as 82 toll gantries placed on highways throughout the state. Gov. Lamont, through his two-year budget proposal, has proposed 53 toll gantries.
I recently sent out a survey on the initial study to install 82 tolls on all limited access highways, over 70% of those who responded were opposed. View the results HERE.
The hearing begins at 11 a.m. in room 1E 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 7:30 to 9 a.m. in Room 2401 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 55 copies of written testimony to the Committee staff at 7:30 a.m. in Room 2401 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 TRAtestimony@cga.ct.gov. Be sure to include the bill numbers in the subject line, and please copy my office at Bill.Simanski@housegop.ct.gov.
If you have further questions about this proposal, or any other issue regarding our state government, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Bill Simanski -62nd District
Barkhamsted, Granby, Hartland & New Hartford