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Connecticut Highway Tolls Under Consideration (Not Yet Construction)

While there are several bills pending to install tolls again on state highways, some lawmakers say the state can't be trusted with toll revenues.

 

With the state budget on the ropes and the cost of highway repairs in Connecticut mounting, several bills to re-institute highway tolls in the state are making their way through the General Assembly.

But critics of the idea told the legislature's Transportation Committee on Monday that state officials can't be trusted with the money that new highway tolls would generate, according to a report today in the Hartford Courant. 

The committee held a public hearing on several bills filed this session to install tolls on state highways. State Rep. Steven Mikutel, D-Griswold, told the committee that while the state desperately needs funds to fix its highways, the money raised by tolls probably wouldn't be earmarked for that work.

"History shows you really can't trust us," Mikutel testified, according to the Courant. "The General Assembly has raided the special transportation fund before."

Legislators in so-called "border towns" in the state, such as Enfield, said they are worried residents in their communities would get hit the hardest by the tolls. But proponents said if tolls aren't resurrected in Connecticut the state's gas tax would have to increase to help pay for highway maintenance, the newspaper reported.

The state eliminated highway tolls in the mid-1980s after a tractor-trailer truck crashed into a line of cars at a Stratford toll booth, killing several people.

Cletus February 27, 2013 at 12:41 AM
I am in full support of border tolls in CT! Much of the wear and tear of our roads are created by the out of state vehicles that gladly travel THROUGH our state free of charge! It just makes sense to establish border tolls to subsidize the maintenence/repairs to our highways. The legislators do need to ensure revenue from these tolls go directly back to the maintenence of the highways.
jody February 27, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Either way you figure ,its another tax , when our personal budgets are already depleting . Some work in NY , already pay taxes to both states from their household . The job climate is rough , not always easy to choose a local job . Tolls discourage travel , tourism , commerce . If on a low budget u avoid the toll spots , not flock to it . Besides have you dealt with construction , or accident delays lately , just add toll plazas to the mix . Just some thoughts . I personally think we already have a hard time with auto expenses . Stresses from 1 hr trips taking 3 . Jody k

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