One of the big tasks the General Assembly is set to tackle during this short session is another vote on a constitutional lockbox for transportation funds. The legislature is also being asked to work out how to fund Governor Dannel Malloy's 30-year infrastructure improvement plan.
Something that Deputy House Speaker Bob Godfrey of Danbury wants to look into is a Transportation Authority. It would be like the Port Authority or Airport Authority and would take the spending decisions out of the hands of politicians.
He is still working on details of a proposal, but feels it's worth exploring. Part of his research is to find out more about how New York state's authority works.
Godfrey says something like this could create a higher comfort level that however the money is coming into the transportation lock box, lawmakers know who has the key.