A Transportation Funding Lockbox bill made it out of the Transportation Committee this week. But Wilton Senator Toni Boucher says it came with conditions. One condition is to have the language be made stronger indicating exactly which revenue would be protect and what purposes they could be spent on. Another condition is that language be added with an assurance that having a lockbox would not automatically lead to tolls or other taxes.
Connecticut residents would be presented with the Constitutional amendment proposal on the November ballot, if it gains three-quarters support in both the House and Senate. Governor Dannel Malloy called on lawmakers to approve the measure in order to secure funding needed to pay for his 30-year, $100 billion infrastructure improvement plan.
During discussions Monday, lawmakers agreed that the state's transportation system has been underfunded for years, and that the transportation funding has been raided time and again to erase red ink in the General Fund.
A lockbox proposal passed in the Senate last year, but failed in the House.