Show your support for an alternative to tolls!

Posted on April 24, 2019 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors

HAVE YOUR SAY: AN ALTERNATIVE TO TOLLS

Democrats who control the legislature have spent three months promoting their desire to add new tolls 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;
  • Re-establishes the Transportation Strategy Board to focus efforts on needed projects first

When approved, Prioritize Progress can begin immediately

Governor Lamont and tolling advocates have incorrectly colored our responsible bonding proposal, with the governor glossing over his fiscal shell game of borrowing against future toll revenues 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
  • Clean water funding
  • Urban Act grants, Small Town Economic Assistance grants,
  • Local Capital Improvement Program

Our Prioritize Progress plan, while reducing overall bonding, even supplies money for Gubernatorial Contingency grants!

You can testify in person 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 at Tami.Zawistowski@housegop.ct.gov.

Also, consider attending an upcoming regional forum on the plans put forward by Governor Lamont and other proposals before the legislature.

Thursday, April 25th

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

LP Wilson Center Auditorium

599 Matianuck Ave, Windsor

Please share this information with anyone you know with questions or concerns about tolls.

Sincerely,

Tami Zawistowski – 61st Suffield, East Granby and Windsor