State lawmakers are unlikely to act this year on legislation paving the way for implementing tolls on major Connecticut highways.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) this week postponed a scheduled vote, saying he could not guarantee any debate on the issue before the legislative session ends May 9.

The legislation directs the Department of Transportation to develop a detailed plan for installing tolls on Interstates 84, 91, 95, and the Wilbur Cross and Merritt parkways.

The DOT would determine how and where tolls will be installed on those highways, and set significant discount rates for Connecticut residents.

Lawmakers would then vote on DOT's recommendations in 2019, a significant change from legislation that narrowly passed the Transportation and Finance, Revenue, and Bonding committees.

That legislation would have ratified the tolling plan if the General Assembly failed to act on it within 30 days.

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  • Jon Sibley

    Highway tolls will be just another tax to supply money to the Democrat politicians that have been spending Connecticut “blind” over the many years of their control of the legislature. The discussion of a “lock-box” indicates the politicians can’t be trusted with “loose” money, also the lock-box can be broken into if an “emergency” is declared by the governor, especially under the guise of being “for the children”. The gasoline tax was supposed to be just for highways, however it has been spent on many general non-road items. The lottery proceeds form the casinos was supposed to be just for education and is spent for many other general budget directions.

    Connecticut needs to “clean house” of the profligate spending habits that have resulted in two major tax increases since Governor Malloy and prior governors have been in Hartford. Connecticut was a top state for manufacturing, insurance and other industries, now is economically at the bottom of the list of financially sound states. Businesses and high-income individuals will continue leaving the state is spending with more added taxes, including tolls, are added.

    The overall CT state bureaucracy population needs to be reduced by approximatley 10%, many functions privatized to be done more efficiently and less cost, also the ponderous regulations of no benefit burdening businesses need to be eliminated.

    • Tony

      I could not agree more. We need to get these Democrat politicians out. They, along with Governor Malloy have run this State into the ground. I have repeatedly written to representatives about these issues, but nothing seems to change. It is very frustrating, especially for someone like myself who was born in Connecticut and have lived here all my life. I have found myself actually thinking about relocating to another State, a Red state…