Governor changes stance, says he will consider wider tolling

<p>Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, who campaigned saying he would support highway tolls only for tractor-trailers, now says he's considering a wider tolling option.</p>

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Feb 16, 2019, 10:29 PM

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Governor changes stance, says he will consider wider tolling
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, who campaigned saying he would support highway tolls only for tractor-trailers, now says he's considering a wider tolling option.
The Democrat, in an op-ed published Saturday in Hearst Connecticut Media newspapers, says attorneys tell him that truck-only tolling likely could only be done on certain bridges to generate revenue for their repair.
He says he would consider a bill that includes wider tolls on cars and trucks if includes a discount for Connecticut drivers or those who frequently travel the tolled highways. He says that would mean out-of-state drivers would provide about half of the state's tolling revenue.
A state Department of Transportation study released in November estimated the state could collect $1 billion a year in tolls.
Lamont is scheduled to present his two-year state budget proposal on Wednesday.
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