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Connecticut Highway Tolls Under Consideration

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 reinstitute 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.

Edie February 27, 2013 at 04:58 PM
If anyone has driven in another state on a toll road you know why this is a bad idea. First it gets all backed up, cars going every which way, slamming on their brakes to slow down, cutting each other off, etc and there are accidents. Also this is just another tax and I am tired of paying taxes to the state of CT. And I have to agree with the article about where the money goes, I also don't trust the state to put the money into our roads and bridges money just seems to disapear and not get used for what it was intended.
James Bond February 27, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Stupid, just like the bus line crap.

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