Proposed Tolls in Connecticut Could Prove Costly for Out-of-State Drivers
Out-of-state drivers could get hit hard under Lamont's proposed Connecticut toll rates.
The Hartford Courant reports that the legislature is lobbying heavily for out-of-state drivers to pick up 40% of the bill for electronic highway tolls. Governor Lamont is 100% behind his bill and claims that tolling I-95, I-84, I-91, and Route 15 could bring $800 million a year for necessary infrastructure.
Connecticut's House and Senate Republicans claim that the Governor's proposed toll plan keeps changing and added to and they claim details are unclear. Lamont told the Republicans if they needed more time to ponder transportation infrastructure he would be more than willing to give them the time. In a 3 sentence letter, Republicans told the Governor, "We know our vote on tolls, and it is, 'no.'
Republicans went on to say that this proposed toll law is a toll monster and a tax monster because it just keeps getting bigger because of all the add-ons to the bill. If the proposed bill ends up being approved, the tolls are not expected to provide revenue until the 2023 fiscal year.