All 3 toll proposals for Connecticut pass committee

Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Lawmakers voted on three toll bills on Wednesday, and all three are moving forward.

Advocates for and against tolls took to the Capitol on Wednesday.

After years of debate, there was a big first. A key legislative committee weighed the first votes on bringing highway tolls back to Connecticut. 

The bill proposed by Governor Ned Lamont would include tolls on Interstates 95, 91, 84 and Route 15.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said the language in three separate proposed bills are just a starting point for negotiations 

But he does want to see some language stick.

“There needs to be some sort of authority watching what’s going on, having input. Especially around the areas of economic development,” Rep. Aresimowicz said.

Questions remain concerning tractor trailers and whether or not to add HOV lanes. Governor Lamont has said he wants discounts for Connecticut drivers. 

Republicans expressed concerns over consumer costs in what they describe as an already overly-taxed state.

A Republican alternative includes borrowing for transportation but doesn’t include tolls. 

“The notion that they have heard that this is the only way to fund transportation is just a falsehood. it’s not true,” Republican Leader Themis Klarides said.

The bills now await further action in the Connecticut House of Representatives and Senate.

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