There is a possibility that the state General Assembly could be called on to return to the Capitol for a special session on transportation funding in the fall. With that possibility comes the thought that tolls could be on their way back in Connecticut.
Wilton State Senator Toni Boucher, a ranking member of the Transportation Committee, says she will continue to fight tolls being placed on the borders. She called it just another tax and something that would be very negative for the Danbury region. She says there was no talk of lowering the gas tax in exchange for tolls, layering another fee on taxpayers.
Last week, Danbury City Council Minority Leader Tom Saadi issued a letter to the Committee raising concerns about tolls. He cited everything from the toll dodgers adding to already congested city streets, to the negative impact on local retailers. He said as a matter of fundamental fairness, interior regions such as the Middletown, Meriden and the Hartford area should be included.
Boucher says the idea of border tolls didn't go through during the regular session because the budget faced such opposition. She says legislative leaders didn't want to tackle tolls at that point, because the budget itself was so controversial.
Governor Dannel Malloy proposed a massive transportation infrastructure improvement plan, but didn't offer funding suggestions.