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

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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."

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