Gov. Lamont: Tolls will not be added to roadways amid controversy

Posted: Updated:

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Wednesday afternoon that the trucks only toll plan is dead for now.

Gov. Lamont says that he is going with a back-up plan of using state borrowing to make minimal repairs to roads and trains.

RELATED: Lawmakers release final Connecticut tolls bill

He says, however, he still does not support the Republican's plan to borrow from the rainy day fund.

The announcement comes after the state Senate asked for another five-day delay in a vote.

Lamont says he's fed up and, "the ball's in their court."

Nate Brown, the political director of the Operating Engineers and vice president of the State Building Trades issued a statement about the toll plan decision saying, "It's disappointing that the Legislature will not take a vote on the governor's transportation plan—the only plan that responsibly takes advantage of federal loans, toll revenue from heavy out-of-state trucks and results in 23,000 jobs over the next decade. The governor said it best: this proposal would create a recession-proof jobs program for thousands of workers in our state, allowing middle class families to flourish during a possible economic slowdown. The fact of the matter is that our state's transportation woes will not improve if we do not address them now. Bridges are only getting older and traffic is only getting slower—something has to be done."

 
User: News 12 Connecticut To: link

 

 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."