Connecticut House Democrats suggest tolling only trucks

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Democratic leaders of the Connecticut House of Representatives are suggesting the governor reconsider tolling just big trucks, a now-defunct idea the Democrat had campaigned on during last year’s election.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz and House Majority Leader Matt Ritter on Tuesday called on Gov. Ned Lamont to consider truck-only tolls on 12 of the 14 bridges in his latest 10-year, $21.3 billion CT2030 transportation improvement plan.

They estimate the tolls could raise about $150 million annually. That’s about half of the revenue generated by 14 tolls on all drivers in Lamont’s latest plan, which has been met with opposition by Republicans and some Democrats.

Aresimowicz and Ritter say their proposal avoids potential litigation because only specific bridges are tolled. Lamont is expected to comment later Tuesday on the proposal.

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