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Without a consensus , a planned vote on tolls didn't happen yesterday in the state legislature.  The Democrats hold just a slim majority in the house, 79 to 72, and there is a tied Senate.  Wilton Senator Toni Boucher, co-chair of the Transportation Committee, said tolls are not the answer to Connecticut's fiscal woes.

 

Boucher said bringing tolls back would essentially be a geographic tax, hitting Fairfield County. 

 

A gradual reduction of the gas tax and discounts on transponders for Connecticut residents were not enough to sway her vote.  The Special Transportation Fund could become exhausted within just a couple of years and lawmakers are looking at other ways to pay for infrastructure improvements.

 

The state took down toll plazas in 1985.

 

Governor Dannel Malloy called for a constitutional “lock box” to ensure the money goes to transportation needs.

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