Tolls aren't the only way The Governors Transportation Finance Panel has discussed as ways to raise the $100 billion needed for Malloy's 30-year transportation improvement plan. The panel created by Governor Dannel Malloy has discussed the idea of a so-called mileage fee. It would be assessed based on the number of miles driven per year, as determined by a car's GPS system.
Danbury State Senator Mike McLachlan says while it's necessary to look at all opportunities to fund transportation, the ideas so far are all about new taxes. McLachlan says the idea currently being discussed by the chairman of the panel, former state lawmaker Cameron Staples, couldn't work because not all cars have the technology.
McLachlan says a new fee is absurd given that Connecticut has seen the two highest tax increases in state history in the last four years.
As cars get better and better milage, revenue from the gas tax gets less and less. McLachlan says spending should be cut in Connecticut, and the state should "stop spending money foolishly" so that there is money for repair roads. He says he'd prefer ideas to better allocate the money that's already coming in to Connecticut.
The panel is slated to make recommendations late next month. A final report is due in October. The legislature could come back before the end of the year to approve it.