Connecticut rest stop renovations questioned

HARTFORD - Some state lawmakers are questioning if a deal to change the way Connecticut's rest stops are run is in Connecticut?s best interest.

The 35-year contract will allow a private company to renovate the rest stops. In exchange, the state will receive less direct revenue from the rest stops.

The state currently gets 11 cents per gallon of gas sold at any rest stop. Under the new contract, the state starts out at 2 cents per gallon, but the amount will increase gradually over time.

Some lawmakers say they're concerned about the length of the deal. They're now considering legislation that would require legislative approval on all deals longer than 10 years.

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