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.