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Transportation committee approves highway toll proposals

A committee has approved sending multiple bills to Connecticut's legislature that would install tolls on the state's highways.

The General Assembly Transportation Committee narrowly approved the plan Thursday in a 19 to 17 vote, with the majority of Democrats supporting and Republicans opposing the tolls.

One bill would require a study on the tolls by the state Department of Transportation. Another bill would allow the DOT to set rates.


When it comes to something that would have an impact on taxpayers, Co-chair, Wilton Senator Toni Boucher believes lawmakers should keep the decision making closest to those who are closest to, and answerable to the public.


Boucher said she could not vote for any measures that require Connecticut drivers to pay even more, without reducing or eliminating other costs.  She is also concerned by one bill, which could see a toll plan enacted without a legislative vote.  She says a Transportation Authority would be deemed approved if not acted upon by the legislature within a short period of time.

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