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Connecticut GOP offers alternative to tolls, Lamont balks

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Republicans are offering a new alternative to electronic tolls, but Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont isn't impressed.

The governor blasted the GOP Thursday, accusing them of wanting to delay a "tough vote" on tolls by proposing "another study." Lamont promised to "make them cast a vote" on tolls.

Republican House and Senate leaders have released draft language of a 16-page bill that dedicates an additional $375 million in bonding annually over the next five years for transportation needs. The bill also requires the Department of Transportation to submit a report identifying Connecticut's long-term transportation needs and develop a plan to address the state's five worst bridges.

The bill also re-establishes the Transportation Strategy and Advisory Board to oversee transportation investment and makes it easier for Connecticut to use public-private partnerships.

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